Encouraging Risk Taking
The ability for adults to take calculated risks has its roots in early childhood. Yet we are in an era of limiting risk taking by children. Most parents (and caregivers of young children) worry about children, wanting them to stay safe—so…
Play: A Child’s Natural Mechanism for Coping
How can we help children to deal with current crisis in an emotionally healthy way?
Let Kids Be Kids!
To inspire imaginations, creative minds, and capable bodies, we need to support children in learning to enjoy what free play outdoors has to offer. We need to create play environments and include materials that are fun, engaging, and…
Raising Intelligent, Self-Reliant Kids
What can educators and parents do to ensure that children are provided with the proper tools to succeed in today's society?
Learning Through Nature
Our children need to fall, they need to climb, and they need to get dirty. The best environment to support this is nature!
The Role of Risk in Play and Learning
Real play means taking risks. As educators we have the responsibility not only to understand the inevitability of risk, but to know the importance of providing adventuresome opportunities for children. In this article Joan Almon…
Because much of what is involved in outdoor play involves risk, many teachers feel it is easier and safer to keep the kids indoors. In this encouraging article Deb Curtis offers practical suggestions to help negotiate the risks of an…