Monica sent a message yesterday asking about programs that were “all about play” so I put together this list. Deciding which program to include was
research from UBC and the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital shows that risky outdoor play is not only good for children’s health but also encourages creativity, social skills and resilience.
Yesterday it rained….. Not just a shower or two, but that constant all day rain, type of rain. A beautiful day! (Many I’m sure would add a disclaimer in there something along the lines of “If you’re home tucked up in bed, and watching movies”.)
I didn’t think so much about it all as it was happening throughout the day – but when I came home last night, I was drawn to reflection on the way things have changed for me. It doesn’t feel like all that long ago (and I suppose in retrospect, it isn’t), that to wake up on a “school day” to the sound of rain, brought with it dread and a feeling of impending doom about the day ahead…… oh no! to be “trapped indoors with room full of children” ALL day! The stuff that nightmares are made of!
“The way we’re treating children isn’t conducive to raising kids that are going to be independent and able to get out in the world
“In Wildness is the preservation of the World.” Thoreau says it in “Walking,” and Jack Turner, in his exquisite collection of essays, The Abstract Wild,