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Improving Recess

The 2014 School Health Policies and Practices Study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 82.8 percent of elementary schools provided daily recess for all grades indoors, while fewer […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Recess, Resources|0 Comments

Recess isn’t just play time for children it’s time well spent

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School recess holds a special place in the heart of the American public school student, according to the editorial in today’s Concord Monitor.

Life Lessons Learned on the Playground

However, beyond the love of recess, there are also  many life lessons that are learned on the playground. Parents are beginning to understand how important recess is to […]

By |September 23rd, 2014|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

Why School Recess Makes Kids Smarter

Recess makes kids smarter

According to second grader, Allison Rincand, her favorite activity at school,   “Recess because I get to play with my friends.”  Her response mirrors the majority of children in elementary school […]

By |December 30th, 2013|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

Physical activity : Making the case for kids moving more.

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What is Physical Activity?

Physical activity is any bodily exercise that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health or wellness. We think of physical activity as burning

energy or calories. For health benefits, physical activity should be of moderate or vigorous intensity, according to the USDA.

Some examples of moderate activities include walking, biking, gardening, and hiking.

Some […]

Playground Stencil Packages

Playground Stencil Packages
The  playground stencil packages come with roll-out stencils which makes application a breeze. No measuring! Just roll-out the full size playground stencils, chalk, and paint. Brightly colored markings enhance motor […]

By |March 13th, 2013|featured posts, PE, Recess|0 Comments

60 Alternatives to Withholding Recess

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Withholding Recess is Prohibited in 44% of School Districts
Given the value of recess in a student’s physical and social development, and the need for periodic breaks […]

Structured vs Unstructured Recess

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Most Students Deserve An Unstructured Recess Experience

Today I received a phone call from a second grade teacher. She indicated that she had a behavior challenged child […]

By |February 22nd, 2013|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

School Recess: When Is It Too Cold To Go Out To Recess?

Indoor or Outdoor Recess?
When the weather outside is frightful school recess on the playground may not be delightful.  Just ask any playground supervisor.

Outdoor recess however, is a reality and daily decisions about “how cold is too cold” is something site principals, teachers and day care directors will be making during the winter months.  Snow, wind […]

By |February 16th, 2013|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

Eliminate School Recess? California State University San Marcos

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Eliminate School Recess?
Let’s Skip It!
Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D.
California State University San Marcos

Every decade or so educators stumble upon a really bad idea. The elimination of school recess is one such current example. Citing valid, yet, inconveniencing reasons such as liability concerns, supervision hardships, and the pressure to increase academic achievement, some educators see the “all work […]

By |January 8th, 2013|News and Media, Newspapers Articles, Recess|0 Comments

Low Cost Playgrounds Can Result in High Levels of Activity

“Peaceful Playgrounds: An engaging recess solution.”
Low Cost High Activity School Playgrounds on the Rise
Keep It Simple
Simple playthings such as balls, jump ropes, hula hoops and riding toys, do more for encouraging physical activity on school playgrounds than swings, jungle gyms and other “stationary” or “fixed” playground equipment, according to a recent report in the American […]

Recess is on the Upswing

America’s favorite pastime may be baseball but for children in school it’s definitely recess! Just ask a group of students their favorite subject in school and you’re sure to get a loud enthusiastic array of “recess”! And much to the delight of students and parents alike, recess appears to be on the upswing.

In 1998, only […]

By |December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

Recess Before Lunch

RBL Webinar Molly Stenberg, RD Montana Team Nutrition Program

As you may know I’m a retired principal but I’d be the first to admit that changing the education system is a lot like turn a huge cruise ship in a small harbor. Possible but not probable and it requires lots of maneuvering.

However a few brave principals […]

By |December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, Recess, Resources|1 Comment

Lessons Learned Educating a Community

Last summer, I spent 5 days in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the height of summer, in a record setting heat wave painting playground games on the blacktop. One of those days […]

By |December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, PE, Recess|0 Comments

10 Rainy and Snow Day Activities for Indoor Recess

10 Rainy Day Cov New

I’ve scanned the list for activities that could be conducted for indoor recess or physical education activities on inclement days.

 

Indoor Activities for Getting Kids Active

ABC for Fitness –
Their stated mission is to provide a fun, simple, engaging, no-cost, effective activities that encourages physical activity in the classroom. The program is FREE and comes in […]

By |December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, PE, Recess|1 Comment

Keeping Kids Cool at School

Boy Hot Recess

As most of the nation heads back to school facing triple digit heat, schools face the challenges associated with outdoor recess and overheated classrooms. Principals and physical educators will face daily decisions regarding children’s heat health on the playground.

In this article we will review some information regarding different playground challenges and solutions to those problems.

Of […]

By |August 23rd, 2012|Featured Articles, playground, Recess|0 Comments

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