I have written 2 previous posts on risk taking here & here. I am a firm believer that is young children are actively encouraged to take calculated risks & decide for themselves as early as possible, they will have fewer problems later in life. When the children are trying something for the first time they are encouraged to decide how far they want to climb, how much they think they can do totally by themselves or how comfortable they are about the sense of 'danger' they may be feeling.
All adults working in the class are told not to lift children up anywhere or when in the forest not to hold their hands while they might walk along a pole or tree if it is somewhere high up that they couldn't normally reach on their own. In the 4 years that I have been taking this approach no child has been injured or got stuck. Children are sensible & unless they have some medical reason for it, won't put themselves in any danger. They do know their limits but also have a great sense of self-belief & I love watching them practice something over & over until they can do it easily.
It is so hard to choose just one favourite post from the link up but I just loved the photos of the children playing in a blizzard in Ontario over at Happy Hooligans. It was wonderful to see the children so engaged & busy & almost oblivious to the snow.
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