Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it or enjoy sharing the pleasure and joy of it with those who celebrate Christmas.
When I was writing about boys in the city, I was thinking about my friend and Colleague, Dr. Kimberly Bezaire and her research on boys, play, and literacy as well as her mother research that she’s been doing with her son for more than 10 year. So, I thought to invite her to join the dialogue and post on this blog. Here’s what she wrote for us and also generously shared a picture of her son.
Yes…boys pretend – tell, act and live stories – outside… adventures, dangers, fears & courage – these are the play themes I see and hear… especially when I’m not supervising TOO closely.
What is it about outdoor play that makes it so memorable, so special, so full of imagination and possibility?
The wind in your hair… the big sky or the tiny bugs… crunchy leaves… the smell of green… the feel of squishy mud The many things that fill our senses when we’re outdoors….
The risk-taking, experimentation, and adaptability that is possible outdoors – when kids aren’t restrained as much by grown-up walls and grown-up rules… then they can build and break down their OWN walls… and make up their OWN rules… no worries about too much noise or too much mess.￼… friendship & feelings – loyalties & comradeship are focus – creating and overcoming obstacles!