Our Kindergartners and 1st Graders enjoyed climbing trees this week. The benefits of tree climbing are numerous: Children develop strength and coordination as they climb. They also become more creative and adept at solving problems as they make important decisions for themselves and take on different perspectives in trees. Spatial sense and reasoning grow as students navigate different paths and maneuver around branches or obstacles. Social awareness and interactions develop as students coach each other to find a branch or cooperate to share space. Children become more curious about the world around them as they explore. Confidence and self-esteem grow as students persevere and “conquer” a tree.
All students undergo a tree climbing training each fall where they learn to assess a good climbing tree and learn proper techniques and protocols for a safe climb. We use the following rules in order to minimize tree-climbing risks to the greatest extent possible:
*Students must always ask a teacher if it is OK to climb, even if they have climbed that tree before;
*Teachers will approve of the particular tree at that time and supervise students while they climb;
*Students may climb only on live branches larger than their own wrists;
*Students must be able to get up and down on their own.
Now, let's have fun!