Not all children are comfortable taking risks. Various types of risks are found all throughout the daily life of a 5 year old. Risks are found on playground equipment, in the social interaction of developing new friends, and in our school work in the classroom. I want to develop risk takers this year. I am looking for children who are not afraid to venture outside of their comfort zone and try something new. Today we worked on our writing journals in my classroom. The risk-takers will write and write, while the non-risk takers will only write a few words and stop. I encourage all children to write and if they make mistakes, I want them to know there will be no reprimands. We just try again. I teach my children to make an X over a letter, or word that is a mistake rather than erasing their errors. Erasing becomes such an issue with 5 year olds and usually ends with a hole in the paper. X’s are quick and enable the children to continue working without losing their train of thought. When your child is writing for you, encourage him/her to write more. Non- risk taker children will write: “I went to the park.” Risk- takers will write a more detailed thought even though they are not sure of all of the sounds that they will need. Risk- takers will expand their writing by adding: Who did they go to the park with, what did they do there? Did they have fun? When will they go back, etc. etc. Teach your child to expand his/her thoughts in writing and do not accept simple text in their writing. They can write more, they just need encouragement and positive reinforcement from us.