KOLD-TV Tucson, AZ reports that during recess Twin Peaks School in Marana, students "are in training, learning to play new games, and getting valuable lessons including simple problem solving ideas." The school's Peaceful Playgrounds program was created "to eliminate...bullies." All students participate in activities during recess to help them stay active, occupied, and out of trouble. Peaceful Playgrounds "includes game areas painted on the concrete, and plenty of play equipment." Activities include hopscotch, jump rope, and beanbag toss. According to KOLD, "Peaceful Playgrounds is in about 8,000 schools across the country." Twin Peaks Elementary School is relying on around $5,000 in federal aid and in aid raised by parents and students for the program.
National experts rated excellent! Peaceful Playgrounds addresses a number of national standards. "Their rapid expansion attests that the approach is both practical and a realistic intervention for schools interested in this cost effective childhood obesity intervention that gets kids moving."
Students love the colors, the assortment of equipment, and the many games available on their new playground. Supervisors have already noticed a decrease in conflicts and hurt feelings. It's wonderful to hear the sound of Rock-Paper-Scissors as you step onto the playground. The transformation is absolutely incredible!
School Playground Markings Add Games to Your Playground In painting school playground markings the following supplies are necessary: 100 foot measuring tape, paint, playground chalk, snap line, a taut rope on a stake for marking the radius of circles, old cloth for spills, large sticks of chalk for detail work and layout prior to painting. [...]
[jwplayer config="Large Player" mediaid="1653"]The playground is an essential part of any school and every community. Children spend many hours of their day occupying themselves with what the playground has to offer. Reducing playground confrontations can may the experience more enjoyable. The nearby neighborhood may enjoy both its appearance and its utility. Well marked game activities provide increased [...]
Many of the most respected sources in health and education recommend Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer's innovative Peaceful Playgrounds and We Count! Student Wellness Programs have received playground program recognition from a variety of organizations. Peaceful Playgrounds has received numerous playground program recognition awards including being recognized as a fully NCLB Compliant Program. The Federal No Child Left Behind Act encourages [...]
School Grant Resources Peaceful Playground has numerous resources to assist you in writing your school playground grants. Are you planning to include Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program in a Grant Proposal? Below are some items to include in the grant. The Peaceful Playgrounds Program Kit includes several activity guides, rule books, [...]
NCLB Compliant Playground Program Scientific Research Review- Playground Research Playground markings are currently a popular intervention strategy in the increasing epidemic of childhood obesity. Numerous playground research studies have shown that playground markings increase children’s physical activity levels at recess. Scientifically based research cited in the literature review demonstrates that a research base exists [...]
[jwplayer config="Large Player" mediaid="711"] Playground design contributes to the overall utility and functionality of playgrounds. The playground is an essential part of any school and every community. Children spend many hours of their day occupying themselves with what the playground has to offer. The nearby neighborhood may enjoy both its appearance and its utility. A [...]
[jwplayer config="Large Player" mediaid="874"] Now it is easier than ever to spread the power of the Peaceful Playgrounds Program with the Instructional Playground Games DVD. A ground-breaking set of three DVD's and three accompanying Rules Guides is now available, that can be used by teachers and students alike, to easily learn how many exciting and [...]
School Playground Stencils Roll-out school playground stencils make application a breeze. No measuring! Just roll out the full-size activity stencils, chalk, and paint. A real customer favorite! Stencil choices below. View the easy application using Peaceful Playgrounds Roll Out Stencils. For MORE INFORMATION on STENCILS BELOW------ Scroll down the [...]
2 Go Indoor Games Program [jwplayer config="Large Player" mediaid="151"] The new 2 Go Indoor Games Program Kit includes everything you need to create and implement an exciting indoor Peaceful Playground activity in your classroom, church or daycare center. The perfect solution for after school programs, rainy/snow day activities, physical education stations, volunteer [...]
Play Right Marni Pyke 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 dealing [...]
School Receives Safety Award - December 1999 Patti Magee The Californian - 12/99 MURRIETA - E Hale Curran Elementary School has won a Golden Bell Award in the school safety award category from the California School Boards Association for its program to promote playground safety. The program, called Peaceful Playgrounds, was implemented by former principal Melinda [...]
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 [...]