Children love running. They tell us how fast they can go, ask us to watch, proudly showing off their speed and agility. They run to get to the bathroom, run to get the glue, run to get to the swings….or run to give us a hug.
And what do we say to much of the running we see?
Walking feet! No Running! Be careful!!
Why do we not celebrate running? Could we not pay attention to the joy, the power, the accomplishment of running? Could we not explore how it feels to run, how it looks, how it sounds?
Among children’s many movements running is the one they use most for exploring this space. Their words convey all the powerfulness, the sense of freedom and emotion of running. They also convey children’s competency and capacity for interpreting perceptions and imaginings that these invoke. ‘Running: Notes for a Choreography’ from Robinson Preschool, Wonder of Learning Exhibit
What would happen if we stopped saying “no running”…..? I’m just asking……