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Rough Play

September 16, 2010

We’ve had quite a bit of rough play among many of the students in the classroom, mostly sparked by an interest in wrestling by a few.  I’ve had a few conversations with colleagues about the subject of developmentally appropriate rough play among 5-year-olds.  While most have agreed that rough play is part of a child’s development, there are mixed opinions about whether or not this can be incorporated into the classroom.  It is our job to provide activities and materials for the development of children, but is it possible to safely incorporate rough play into a classroom with 21 children and two teachers?

The parents were here on Monday for a group meeting, and I’m grateful that we were able to have a fruitful conversation about the topic.  Many of the parents are also concerned about the subject of rough play, and it was nice to make some decisions together, as a community, about what we can do to keep everyone safe.  I’m proud to be a part of a group that is willing to discuss our opinions and questions about children.

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