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Waldorf and Finnish preschools allow children to use cutting knives, tools and real glassware because it increases a student’s responsibility and independence.

In Waldorf education, early childhood students are permitted to carry glassware, help to cook in a real kitchen and prepare snacks with proper cutlery. These safe, managed risks for young children can help them take responsibility and initiative.

Modern world worries can lead to a risk-averse culture, but these risks must be balanced with the benefits a student will experience from any given activity.

Photo Credit: Seattle Waldorf School

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