While at a nature spot in Royal Oak, the children were drawn to the large tree trunks that had fallen. Isla was walking along a small fallen tree when she noticed a different tree many times larger than the one she was on. She ran off, interested in the challenge and adventure of this immense fallen tree. Though Isla had been nervous when encountering her first fallen tree, she moved to this second one with confidence and started climbing up independently .
Challenge and Risk
Young children seek physical challenges where risk is involved. Risk taking is a healthy and important part of childhood . Allowing children to engage in risk-taking offers them the chance to practice important life skills such as: risk assessment; making judgment calls; learning personal boundaries, strengths and limitations; perseverance. For these reasons, risk-taking is one of our preschool's highly held values.
Questions For Parents' Consideration
- How do you feel when your child pursues physical risk taking?
- What role do you take in such situations? Do you permit your child to take risks like this? How much do you help? How much do you let them do on their own ?
- What do you remember from your own childhood in regards to risk-taking? What kinds of challenges did you pursue and how did you feel when engaged in this kind of activity?
To learn more about the importance of risk-taking for young children, read outdoor educator Heather Taylor's research by clicking the link below.
"When Isla said, 'This is the most exciting thing a kid's life has ever been,' it was confirmation for me that the woods offered challenges and excitement that the children rose to meet ." - Teacher Shelly