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Preschool Fight Club? Or Developmentally Appropriate Play?

Feb 26, 2020

I often wonder what people think as they drive by our outdoor classroom and see preschool children gathered around watching two children wrestle each other to the ground.  Do they think that we have a preschool fight club?  Do they throw around that 'bully' word that is so often misused in preschool age programs.  I sometimes want to step in and shield their wrestling from "people who don't get it" so that we aren't talked about in a negative way in our community.  And if you are reading this and are appalled that we let (and encourage) children to wrestle, well you should keep on reading so you can gain the confidence to let children engage in rough and tumble play in your program or home.

I hear many of you thinking, "Oh my gosh.  We could never let that happen.  They would take it too far and someone would get hurt."  Let me calm you down.

There is this thing called 'play face' that some early childhood educators use to describe what they see...

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Small Risk = Big Reward In Early Childhood Programs

Jan 02, 2020

Let's talk about risk baby. Let's talk about you and me... For real. Let's talk about you and me. Adults. Our perception of risk. We hear risk and we hear BAD. We want to run in the other direction because risk could cause injury and someone could get hurt. Well guess what?  Eating grapes is super risky. They are the number one choking hazard in young children. And we give them to our kids anyway. Because we know they are good for the body and they just taste so darn good. But we cut them in half or quarters for our little ones. We know the hazard, so we take precautions to provide this nourishment for our kids. And that is just the same as physical risk.

 

isk and hazard are different. A whole grape and a two year old - hazard. A tall ladder and a three year old with rusty nails poking out of a board underneath and no adult nearby - hazard. A room of cute rabies infested puppies and a five year old - hazard. You get it. A hazard is something that could hurt or...

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