At Endeavor Montessori, we help children learn how to assess risk through recognition, evaluation and management. We do this by providing children with an outdoor learning environment and what is known as a Maker Space.
In our outdoor learning space, children can navigate dynamic but safe terrain. This gives them opportunities, with the support of adults and peers, to recognize, evaluate and safely manage developmentally appropriate risks. Children figure out answers to questions like, “What will happen if I jump from this height?” and “Can I balance across this beam?” When children take developmentally appropriate risks, they learn resiliency. As a result, they learn to adjust their approach to the risk and find success when they try again.
Our Maker Space is an exciting environment where children can use real tools. Each tool is introduced by the teacher. With support, children are invited to recognize the risks in using each tool, the severity of potential injury and, importantly, how to manage such risk by using the tools safely. Children also learn about protective gear and safety procedures within the space.
To continue this learning experience with their parents outside the classroom, we also offer guides with written tips on healthy “risky play” to further teach children important safety rules.