In Rusty Keeler’s popular new book, Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes?, he writes: “You love play. You champion it. You celebrate it. You support it! And yet, you may also stop it. Sometimes purposefully. Sometimes unwittingly…
We may step in because something feels too dangerous. We may redirect to an activity that makes us feel more comfortable. We may stop the flow of play by jumping in ourselves to join the fun (without being invited). We may stop play by making suggestions to the play. Or narrating the play. Or applauding the play. The adults’ voices may be a distraction…
I say this with all love and support…It’s time to question some of our pre-conceived notions about the adult’s role in children’s play. And adults ruling children’s play. It might get uncomfortable. It will definitely get messy. But if you can stick with me, I promise that exciting potential for positive change awaits.”
What is Your Yes?
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Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes? goes to the heart of risk-taking and children. As educators working with young children, we all have boundaries and feelings around what risky play is allowed. Rusty Keeler invites us to examine the cage of boundaries that we have created for ourselves and our children. He challenges us to rattle our cage and discover where the lines are movable. In our role as educators and caretakers, when we allow children to play and confront risk on their own terms, we see them develop, hold their locus of control and make choices on how to navigate the bumpy terrain of a situation. What better teaching tool for life is there?
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