The Herald Times
by Mary Keck
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Visit Marlin Elementary School during recess and you’ll see kids hopping across yellow, blue and red numbers, letters and symbols on the blacktop, their shoes hitting each foot printed on the pavement or stopping on numbers. It is part of the Peaceful […]
The parents and the staff of the Menallen Elementary School playground committee have been striving for two years to make the outside play area a nicer and safer environment for the students, and a recently attained fun and an interactive playground map brings them one step closer.
Parent and committee member […]
By Kate Thayer TribLocal reporter
Recess isn’t just about swinging and sliding for some students in District 54. Instead, they’re playing problem-solving playground games with the aid of colorful drawings on the blacktop.
This year, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Hoffman Estates became the third school in the district to begin the […]
Photo by : William Wrobel The Telegraph
When one player made a mistake and wanted a “do-over,” others reminded him that was against the rules, and he quietly, if somewhat unhappily, returned to playing.
And in another area of the Hudson school’s playground, students picked teams for a kickball game, choosing […]
PTO and teachers target positive behavior outcomes with installing Peaceful Playgrounds
Nearly two dozen parents, teachers and students arrived at Donaldson Way Elementary School early Saturday morning to help paint a new “peaceful playground” for students, a press release reported this week.
According to the statement issued by the school’s Parent Teacher […]
‘Peaceful Playground’ recess program to be installed with Lowe’s Grant funds
The district is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to design and install a “Peaceful Playground” recess program on campus over the summer.
Peaceful Playgrounds are collections of colorful, permanent, and inexpensive ground-based games […]
Lemmer Elementary opens with new playground makeover
By Jason Raiche – staff writer (email@example.com) , Daily Press
ESCANABA – Students at Lemmer Elementary School now have new playground makeover allowing them ample opportunities for fun games and activities during recess.
The project was made possible through the school’s involvement with the Peaceful Playgrounds […]
Monticello Intermediate School’s new “Peaceful Playground” was dedicated Friday morning, with students and adults joining to celebrate the opening of the new play space, which is designed to provide games that will teach children conflict resolution and cooperation skills, and combat childhood obesity.
The “Peaceful Playground” is a asphalted area which […]
The Northwest Herald
A year ago, controlled bedlam reigned in the South Elementary School playground in Crystal Lake during recess.
Children played a chaotic version of soccer that led to brawls and name calling. Those intimidated by the rough games wandered around the playground aimlessly at recess. Teachers wasted time […]
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 […]
How to have a Peaceful Playgrounds – 1999
Principal, Pioneer Elementary
I first learned about Peaceful Playgrounds (PP) as a classroom teacher over 10 years ago and heard about the resulting reduction in playground problems. Then I became I Principal of Pioneer Elementary in Escondido and realized that with a playground of […]
South Elementary School Web
Parents Information – 2001
Parents Information Website – 2001
Illinois – South School has utilized the Peaceful Playgrounds Program successfully for the past two years. This program, developed by Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D. has had a great impact playground conflicts and rough play during recess time.
Playground conflicts and rough play have been reduced […]
The San Diego Union Tribune – 05/02
Given the jungle rules of some playgrounds, where the biggest and toughest tend to dominate, consider the scene recently at El Camino Creek Elementary.
A recess came and went, with 822 children running loose during a sublime spring afternoon and no body cried, […]
By Paul Boerger
Mount Shasta News
The Mount Shasta Elementary School playground has been recently transformed by a group of parents and citizens from the old style run around and see what happens play yard into a colorful, organized and Peaceful Playground.
With approximately $1,700 from the local fund-raising group Partners […]
By Jane Long
PTA Members Organize Playground for Students
Taylorville – Recess – it’s supposed to provide young students with a time to release pent up energy after sitting at their desks, a time to make friends and have fun while exercising.
But too many times today, recess can develop into a […]
By Lynn Atkins
Rogers Hometown News
At Bellview Elementary, the newest tool for teachers measures 40 feet by 100 feet.It’s their new playground design by Peaceful Playgrounds. It’s also the perfect example of teamwork between the school, the parents and the city, according to playground improvement coordinator Stacey Kinzer.
The Peaceful Playground […]
By Jane Long
Students enjoy outdoor recess with lots of game choices.
Taylorville – Four third-grade students at North Elementary School urgently request bean bags from the playground supervisor in order to play hopscotch as outdoor recess starts. They grab the bags, run to the game board stenciled on the […]
Back to School
Not only adults but also children need physical activity in order to stay happy, healthy, and focused. If you have children of your own, this won’t come as a surprise. However, one out of every four school-age children are being severely limited in the amount of physical activity […]
Recess at Center Woods Elementary School will be a lot more interesting and fun this year. As part of the Peaceful Playgrounds program, volunteers have been painting playground games such as hopscotch, pickle, around the world, four square, and number and letter grids.
“I’m excited,” said Assistant Principal Laura […]
Redlands Daily Facts
In 1973, an idea struck Los Angeles educator Melinda Bossenmeyer after years of being a teacher and a principal within the Riverside County Department of Education.
“I noticed that some kids didn’t have many of the skills necessary in peaceably solving problems on the school playground,” she says. […]
Kane County Chronicle
The action was fast-paced as fifth-graders at Wild Rose Elementary School learned the rules of new playground games. Bean bag four square involves tossing and catching a bean bag with a scoop.
“It’s fun because it’s very athletic,” student Cameron Staroske said. The rules to the playground […]
The new rules and behavior expectations.
As a second-grader slips down the covered slide at Philomath’s Clemens Primary School on his tummy Thursday morning, school behavior assistant Cheri Stouder blows her whistle.
Stouder has been watching a group of first-grade and kindergarten students playing during lunch recess and has already […]