I appreciated this quotation on the importance of failure:
"The process of theory building is full of error, conflict, and contradiction. It has to be! So in addition to an environment filled with many materials and access to ways of experimenting with inclines and objects, and in addition to the child's confidence and flexibility, there must be acknowledgment of the role of conflict, contradiction, and "error" as necessary components of the theory-building process."
Providing space to fail is crucial for the development of increasingly complex theories, the work that children take so much pleasure in everyday. This means stepping back, offering open-ended materials, and providing space for children to take risks and return to work over time.
We can remember that the theory building children are doing is not limited to the materials they experiment with but also includes navigating relationships, expressing themselves, and engaging in self-care activities like eating and getting dressed.
You can make choices for yourself.
There is plenty of space and time for you to try things again and again.
We believe you are capable of assessing/taking risks and problem-solving independently.
We are here for you! We can provide comfort & encouragement, and facilitate the kinds of learning you are most fascinated by.
Failure will always be acknowledged, accepted, celebrated.
You are a whole being, with many things to teach yourself and everyone around you.