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Do We Keep Children from Moving?
November 21, 2018
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
-Margaret Fuller

In an article that provides the foundation for a brand-new Out of the Box Training Kit, “Brain Development: Seeing and Supporting Children's Active Bodies (and Minds), Deb Curtis tells the story of a young child who is trying to figure out a way to balance on top of a ball. As the child experimented, Curtis writes about her own feelings:

“As I watched Yveline, I worried a little about her safety. I didn’t think she would be able to accomplish this balancing act, and several times she did fall. Yet, her fierce determination and problem-solving skills won me over. If she was so sure she could do this, I wanted to support her. I stayed close in case she needed me, and marveled at what she understood about her own body and the physics of balancing.”

Reflecting on this experience, Curtis writes that “as early childhood teachers, in our attempt to keep children safe and help them learn, we spend a huge part of our days stopping children from moving. Think about it. Is it true for you? How often do you find yourself saying things like this?

Be careful!
Slow down
No running
Use walking feet
Not so high
Sit on your bottom on the chair”

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