Equity Matters: Recess Equity matters in public education. When you do some searching you’ll find that there is a disparity between wealthy and low-income public schools who receive recess. According to the Center for Public Education, the more low-income a school the less recess they are likely to have. This statistic is both sad and [...]
Deadline Approaching: SHAPE America Impact Schools Grant Program Apply by October 6 As part of our commitment to 50 Million Strong, SHAPE America is dedicated to giving back to communities in high-need areas across the country. Our new SHAPE America Impact Schools grant program will provide much-needed funds and professional development opportunities to [...]
Discipline Alternatives to Withholding Recess I received this question from a parent. Regarding her child's school withholding recess games for discipline reasons. "My child’s school has started using Peaceful Playgrounds and the children have been prohibited from playing soccer, basketball, kickball, or making up their own games. My kids are very upset by [...]
Apply Today: $10,000 Physical Activity Grant Program Skillastics® and SHAPE America are partnering for the second annual Skillastics Physical Activity Grant Program. Skillastics will award five grants to elementary, middle and/or secondary health and physical educators totaling $10,000. Each grant will provide up to $1,000 of Skillastics products and up to $1,000 for the educator [...]
Project Learning Tree Greenworks Grants Closing Date: September 30th 2018 Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their [...]
Discipline on the Playground Guidance for Playgrounds Supervisors & Staff Discipline on the playground is a challenge at most school sites. Most schools, however, strictly enforce classroom rules and procedures in order to maintain a safe classroom environment for students. When students go to the playground for recess, the classroom rules are not adequate for [...]
SHAPE America’s Impact Schools grant program will provide much-needed funds and professional development opportunities to schools to enhance health and physical education programs in high-need areas across the nation while helping teachers continue their studies and build expertise that improves student outcomes. More........
Washington PTA: 11.27 BEST PRACTICES – RECESS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Resolution passed 2018 Whereas, children’s physical fitness and children’s engagement in physical activity are associated with greater academic achievement and cognitive functioning, and increased physical activity during the school day does not adversely affect student academic achievement; and Whereas, elementary school children who have more [...]
School Recess Whereas, Children’s physical fitness and children’s engagement in physical activity are associated with greater academic achievement and cognitive functioning; andWhereas, Elementary school children who have more recess time have been found to have better classroom behavior; and Whereas, Recess is important for children’s socialization, school adjustment, and overall social development; and Whereas, Recess [...]
Back to School Sale Take advantage of the Back to School Sale Savings. Sale ends Aug. 31, 2018. Items include Recess Program, Recess Equipment Package, Recess Roll Out Stencil Set, 2-Go Game Rugs, U.S. Map Stencil, Physical Activity Court, and Fitness Fun Zone Trail.
“We need more recess, ” announced a second grader. The CDC, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree with him! When Catherine Ramstetter, who researches health promotion in schools, started studying recess nearly a decade ago, she expected that the recreational time would help kids get some [...]
As the school year begins, it is important to remember that some children may be mildly dehydrated after playing outside. Children do not have the same cooling system as adults so they can overheat pretty easily on a hot day on the blacktop. To make matters worse, most children are so busy playing their [...]
Monthly Peaceful Playgrounds Tip: Play Nice! Redwood Institutes a Freeze Signal For this month we introduce the Peaceful Playgrounds Tip on using a freeze bell. Most students will benefit from a clear transition from recess to the classroom. Requiring students to freeze at the sound of the whistle has many benefits: Reduction in playground injuries. [...]
Zia Bossenmeyer, VP of marketing at Peaceful Playgrounds stands with Daniel Pink after Keynote presentation at the National Elementary School Principals Conference 2018. "Fight for recess, it is not a nicety but a necessity," was the message take-a-way contained within Daniel Pink's presentation to the National Elementary School Principals at the annual Conference. [...]
Study: Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program increases vigorous physical activity at recess. A recently released study on Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program, documents that the proportion of students involved in vigorous activities during recess and lunch recess, increased significantly from 15% to 25% during a 12-month research project conducted in 2016 by Australian researchers in metropolitan [...]