Hidden Benefits of Risky Play When adults hear ‘‘risky play,’ they might think of broken bones, stitches, and bruises. Risky play shouldn’t be scary; it should be exciting! It’s about kids exploring, building confidence, and understanding risk. Kids test their strengths and weaknesses, solve problems, and take on another child’s perspective. In play (and in life) you will never eliminate all the possible risks, 100% of the time. That’s exhausting and impossible to do. You can, however, identify the potential hazards in the area, or situation, and provide guidance and limits to keep everyone safe. Could your child fall off a branch while climbing a tree? Yes. That’s a risk. Do you remove the dead limbs, stumps, or other debris from under the tree? Do you…
Whenever I bring up an opportunity for my son to take a class, participate in a program as a ‘helper,’ or do anything he isn’t authentically interested in, I get the same reply, “Mom, I just want to play.” This reply stands out because it is from a 14-year-old. Yes, big kids still want to play! The problem is that there very few opportunities for pre-teens and teens to ‘just play.’ So, before I go any further, let me define ‘play‘. Play is a range of intrinsically motivated activities done for recreational pleasure and enjoyment (Garvey, 1990). For this post, I’m defining play as child-led, including activities they choose and resulting in their enjoyment. In the homeschool community, you will find groups, generally led by…
Parenting Styles: Hummingbird versus Helicopter Approach As a parent, you think to yourself, am I doing this right? I just want my child to be happy, safe, and successful. Am I a “good” parent? Often, parents feel the need to constantly “help” their children succeed just to get ahead in school, sports, or having “enough” friends. This puts a lot of pressure on parents and their children. The media has different labels for parenting styles, while clinical and developmental psychology has grouped these into three classifications: Authoritarian: focuses on rigid rules, expectations, and consequences. Parents control behaviors and emotions, resulting in children becoming fearful of expressing themselves. Permissive: extreme opposite of aforementioned. Direction and boundaries are not a priority with little emphasis on restrictions. This…
Childhood development is fascinating – no two children take the same course. We know you understand this as a homeschool parent. Even two children with the same parents are drastically different. The strengths, needs, learning styles, and preferences of each of your children are unique. At Treeline Enrichment, we understand this.
Why do we do occupational therapy in nature? Because nature is inspiring, challenging, changing, and renewing. Because the theories and research tell us that as humans, we are drawn to nature. Because in the course of human history, the great outdoors has been our most valuable classroom. And because, well, kids find it WILDLY fun.
Whew – you have started the school year! It has been months of roller coaster emotions, information (or lack thereof) and tough decisions. Now that you know a bit more about your child’s schedule, teachers, expectations, and school day, we put together 12 tips for e-learning to help you and your child make the most of this opportunity.
Have you been told that your child may need occupational therapy but you have no idea what that means? Sure you have heard of physical therapy and speech therapy, but occupational therapy seems like it relates to a job. And you are thinking, my child is only 5, he doesn’t have a job! You are not alone!
Is your child showing interest in colors, shapes, or counting? Does your child like to collect and sort things? Have you observed your child filling and dumping containers? These are all beautiful examples of child-led learning that is building important visual discrimination skills, bilateral coordination, hand-eye coordination, proprioceptive awareness, and more.
My kids do not love going on a walk and they are pretty hard to convince that going on a hike is a great way to spend a morning. But when we spice up the event with a scavenger hunt, it turns the ordinary into something EXTRAORDIONARY! This week, we are combining regular walks with diverse movement experiences! Are you ready to join us?
We are spending as much time as we can outside! The fresh air, natural light, calming colors, and open space is good for our emotions and mental health. Plus the great outdoors gives us places to explore, things to discover, endless play experiences, and loads of organic learning opportunities. But sometimes our kids (and adults) need a little inspiration. Are you ready to turn your next hike, neighborhood walk, or backyard garden into an adventure?