It's not that I feel I cannot do these things. It's that they are new and I feel uneasy about them. I might not be good at them. I might fail. Or I might need to access areas that are not as developed. I feel uncomfortable about these situations.
Sometimes I'm too comfortable. I do familiar activities in familiar ways. I know what my group of kids like and choose that. I look at what I have stored in my garage and choose from that.
I have often said that we need to choose activities that match the interests and likes of our kids. And I do that. But I also think we need to push them a little. Find things that may not "match" exactly. Make them a little uncomfortable so they can try new things.
|Dramatic Play: Gym|
|Stick puppet theater|
A little discomfort can make new insights. A little push can lead to a leap in learning.
P.S. One of those "new" things is being a guest on a Twitter chat. On August 4, I will be the designated guest on #teacherfriends. They (We) meet Tuesdays, 9:00 PM EDT. I'd invite you to participate tomorrow night and every week.