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"1−2歳児、丸太ジャンプの始まり"

2021.04.30
1−2歳児、丸太ジャンプの始まり

雪が溶け、丸太が見え始めた2月終わり頃、1,2歳児クラスのMちゃんが丸太ジャンプを始めました。「ジャンプしよ?」と大人を誘って、丸太の上を順々に渡っていくのです。
丸太は幅が広いもの、背が高いもの、様々あり1,2歳の人たちがひとりで自由に行うには難しく、大人が手を繋ぐ必要がありました。私も「大きすぎるなぁ」「小さい人には少し難しなぁ」「もう少し低く、丸太同士が近ければいいのになぁ」とそんなことを思っていました。しかし、子どもたちはお構いなしに挑戦していきます。
そんな子どもたちと丸太の関わりがどのように変化していったのか追いかけてみました。

At the end of February, when the snow was melting and the logs were beginning to show through the snow, M of the Kogomi class (1-2y.o. class) started jumping on a log. She says, “let’s jump!” and invited adults to help her jump across the logs one by one. Some of the logs were wide and some were tall, making it difficult for 1 and 2 year olds to jump freely on their own, so an adult had to hold their hands. I also thought, “Oh, the logs are too big,” “It’s a little difficult for small people,” and “I wish the logs were a little lower and closer together.”

Despite my concerns, the children did not care and took on the challenge.
I tried to follow the changes of their relationships with the logs.

【Mちゃん】
無言で手を差し出し、手を繋いだ大人を引っ張って丸太まで誘導する

「じゃんぷしよ?」と大人を誘う

外に出ると走って丸太へ向かう

朝や夕方など常に丸太ジャンプをする姿

大人に助けを求めず自分だけでやってみる

高すぎたり、幅が広すぎると自分で判断したところは丸太から降りてできるところから再びチャレンジ

<M chan>
Wordlessly holds out her hand to take an adult’s hand, then leads the adult to the log.

“Want to play jump?”  invites the adults at her side.

Goes outside and runs to the log.

Always jumping on logs in the morning and evening.

Tries to jump on her own without asking for help.

Once she finds it too high or too wide, she gets off the log and tries again.

【Eちゃん】
「こっち!こっち!」と大人の手を引っ張り丸太ジャンプに誘う

大人と片手を繋ぎ、体重をかけて引っ張ったり、わざとバランスを崩して楽しむ

大人と手を繋いでいる安心感から、足が広がるギリギリの幅でも渡ろうとする

高い丸太から低い丸太に渡るときなど不安があるところは大人と両手を繋ぎたがる

自分でできると判断したところは大人と手を繋がずチャレンジする

<E chan>
“Over here! This way!” pulls on the adult’s hand to get her to jump on the log.

Connects one hand with an adult and pulls with her weight or deliberately loses balance to have fun.

The sense of security of holding hands drives her to cross the log even if her legs are just barely wide enough.

Willing to hold hands with an adult in areas of anxiety, such as crossing from a high log to a low log.

Where she feels she can cross on her own, she will try without holding hands.

【Yちゃん】
片手を大人と繋いで丸太ジャンプをしたがる

自分で渡れると判断すると大人の手を離して、自分の力だけで渡る

高いところ、幅が広いところは両手を出して大人を求める

大人が両手を掴むと、高いところでも幅が広いところでも
限界まで大きく足を広げてチャレンジする

たまにバランスを崩すと「おっとっとっと〜」とバランスを崩したことも楽しむ

<Y chan>
Wants to do a log jump with one hand connected to an adult.

When she decides she can do it herself, she lets go of the adult’s hand and crosses on her own.

Holds out both hands and asks for help, when crossing high or wide areas.

While the adult is holding both of her hands, she spreads her legs to the extent of her limits to challenge the widest and highest gap.

Occasionally loses her balance and says, “Otto, tto, tto~! (Whoa, whoa, whoa!)”. She seems to enjoy those accidents.

【Kちゃん】
MちゃんやYちゃん、お兄ちゃんのSちゃんが丸太ジャンプをする姿を見て始める

大人と片手を繋いで渡りたがる

渡れるかどうか考えるように、高いところや幅が広いところで
小さく足踏みをして丸太を見つめる

手を繋いでいても渡れないと判断した時は大人の手を離して丸太を降り、次の丸太に自分で登る

自分でできるところは一人で行い、足踏みをしなくなる

<K chan>
Starts by watching M, Y, and her brother S do log jumps.

Wants to hold hands with an adult to cross the logs.

At a challenging place, she stomps her feet and stares at the log as if she is measuring if she can cross.

When she decides that she cannot cross the log even with an adult’s hand, she leaves the hand, gets off the log, and climbs up to the next log by herself.

Where she is confident that she can cross on her own, she does not stomp her feet.

丸太ジャンプには面白いところがたくさんあり、子どもたち一人ひとりに渡り方の違いや大きな変化がありましたが、この記事を書くにあたって個人記録等を振り返るまで、これがほんの2ヶ月ほどの出来事だったことに気づきませんでした。丸太がすぐ近く小さな地球(園庭)にあることで、日常の風景になっていたのかもしれません。いつの間にか丸太ジャンプのブームがきて、ずっと続いてきた感覚でいたため、改めて子どもたちの変化の速度、成長に驚くとともに「子どもたちの小さな日常の変化やできるようになったことを見逃さないようにしたいなぁ・・・」と強く思いました。

また、丸太ジャンプ初期の段階で「大きすぎるなぁ」「小さい人には少し難しなぁ」「もう少し低く、丸太同士が近ければいいのになぁ」と思った私が、私の“モノサシ”で子どもたちを見ていたことに気付かされました。よく見ていると、大きすぎたり幅が広すぎても助けてもらいながら自分でチャレンジする姿、どうすればできるか試行錯誤してみる姿に気がつきます。私の“モノサシ”に当てはめず、子どもたち自身から溢れ出る個性やエネルギーを大切にしていきたいです。

There were many interesting aspects to the log jumping, and each child had a different way of crossing and significant changes. What surprised me was that I did not realize until I looked back at my records that this had been happening for only a couple of months, since I had the feeling that the log jumping trend had been for a very long time. Maybe it was the fact that the log was so close to Little Earth that it had become an everyday scene. Speed of change and growth of the children is amazing.I strongly felt that I should not overlook the small changes in their daily lives and what they have become able to do.

I also realized that I had been looking at the children with my narrow view when I thought “it’s too big”, “it’s a little difficult for small people”, or “it would be better if the logs were lower and closer to each other” during the early stages. If you watch them carefully, you will notice that even if those logs were too big or their gaps are too wide, they will challenge with help and try to figure out how to overcome by trial and error. I would like to cherish the individuality and energy that overflows from the children themselves, without applying my own standards.

Text by Tsukimi Sugai

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