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 than two-thirds of middle schools and only 26.5 percent of high schools offered physical activity breaks outside of physical education. From 2000 through […]
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 […]
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 where over 80% of students rate recess as their favorite subject.
For decades most people have assumed that recess was unimportant, and it’s primary […]
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.
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 skill development and provide activities for an outdoor motor learning lab or recess games. The playground stencil package results in a brightly colored playground […]
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 from classroom instruction, withholding recess is prohibited in 44% of school districts across the nation. Educators and administrators alike are examining the use of recess as punishment. With […]
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 (frequent discipline issues) and was growing pretty frustrated with him. In response to Jeremy (not his real name), who was hitting kids, pushing kids, and causing chaos at 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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 it was a mere 105 degrees. What we do for education……
Beside me was a colleague named Tom Grover, the CEO from a playground […]
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 […]
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.