Ellen breaks this down into two parts, looking at the subjective experiences and the developmental benefits. She explains that the emotions children experience while taking risks will help develop their motor skills and competencies, self-confidence, awareness, and ability to risk assess, plus so much more! Listen to all this and more in our latest episode.
The benefits of learning through risk:
- Expressing their emotions – experiencing the thrill of trying something a little out of their comfort zone or overcoming a fear or worry.
- Physical development – exploring their physical limits and capabilities by climbing, jumping, running, and balancing!
- Self-awareness – testing and learning their own boundaries while becoming more aware of the environments and people around them.
- Problem-solving skills – assessing and calculating the level of risk will enable children to develop their problem-solving skills. Practitioners can facilitate these conversations by making comments such as, ‘How many people can fit in there?‘, or ‘That might be too heavy for one person‘.
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