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Peaceful Playgrounds Training for Trainers Workshop

Register for the National PE Institute and attend the Peaceful Playgrounds Summer Training of Trainers Workshop FREE WOW.   Grab this special offer now. Limited to the first 50 spots!! Individuals interested in training for Peaceful Playgrounds should attend the Peaceful Playgrounds Training for Trainers session this summer at Asheville, North Carolina on July 31, 2014. [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:24-07:00May 17th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brain Breaks Resources

Purpose of Brain Breaks Well designed Brain Breaks accomplish three purposes: 1) they refresh students, 2) they refocus students for learning and 3) they re-energize students. Every teacher has experience the glazed look from students who basically need a break.  Kids check-out when sitting and listening for a long period of time.  Once kids [...]

By |2019-08-15T13:38:08-07:00March 13th, 2014|Resources, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Brain Breaks Resources

Peaceful Playgrounds on Pinterest

We have a variety of Pinterest Boards that may be of interest to you. Peaceful Playgrounds Videos U.S. Map Stencil Games Games We Played Classroom Games for Indoor Recess Featured Articles by Dr. Bossenmeyer Bullying Fitness Fun Zone Play Nice Newsletter Recess Before Lunch Social Media Physical Education ECE Movement Online Courses Recess Kids Walking [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:25-07:00March 11th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brain Breaks: Basic and Supercharged

Purpose of Brain Breaks Well designed Brain Breaks accomplish three purposes: 1) they refresh students, 2) they refocus students for learning and 3) they re-energize students. Every teacher has experience the glazed look from students who basically need a break.  When kids get tired or bored, they tend to check out.  Once kids begin to [...]

By |2019-08-15T12:30:32-07:00January 22nd, 2014|Featured Articles, Physical Activity|Comments Off on Brain Breaks: Basic and Supercharged

Why School Recess Makes Kids Smarter

  According to a 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 its [...]

By |2019-08-15T10:51:11-07:00December 30th, 2013|Featured Articles, Recess|Comments Off on Why School Recess Makes Kids Smarter

Five Tips for Making Your Playground Kid Friendly

By Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer I watched a less popular girl, Allison, walk up to a group of four girls who were playing a game of four-square. As she approached and asked, “Can I play?” she was quickly rebuffed. “The game is closed,” Janey, the ring leader, announced. Given the school is a Peaceful Playgrounds’ school, [...]

By |2019-08-15T13:35:29-07:00December 2nd, 2013|Featured Articles, playground|Comments Off on Five Tips for Making Your Playground Kid Friendly

Play Nice Newsletter Archive

The Play Nice Newsletter archive hosts the twice monthly posting of the Play Nice Newsletter.  It is usually published on the first and 15th of each month.  The Play Nice Newsletter covers topics such as: recess, PE, children's health, school playgrounds, nutrition, physical activity and childhood obesity. Index [...]

By |2019-08-15T09:11:18-07:00November 18th, 2013|Newsletter|Comments Off on Play Nice Newsletter Archive

Comfortable Cafeterias

[jwplayer mediaid="6121"] The notion of comfortable cafeterias was first promoted by the Montana Team Nutrition Network. Comfortable Cafeterias have three main goals: improve learning, behavior and student health. Some best practices for ensuring a comfortable and pleasant environment for students to eat is 1) a Recess Before Lunch schedule, 2) adequate time to eat and [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:27-07:00November 14th, 2013|Resources, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Comfortable Cafeterias

Recess Makes Kids Smarter: Scholastic Magazine

By Caralee Adams, Instructor Magazine Each day in the classroom kids are being told: "Be quiet. Sit still. Be quiet. Sit still," says Nelly Torres, a parent of a first and a fourth grader in the Chicago Public Schools. "That's because they need their recess." Torres, 42, still lives in the same neighborhood she grew [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:27-07:00October 30th, 2013|Magazines, News and Media|Comments Off on Recess Makes Kids Smarter: Scholastic Magazine

Open Badges Courses – Peaceful Playgrounds

[jwplayer config="large" mediaid="9099"] Think of open badges as an online resume,  portfolio or a demonstration of skills you learn in a variety of places.  Get recognition for skills you learn anywhere that is coordinated and displayed in the new online system. Open Badges are information-rich. Each badge has important data built in that links back [...]

By |2014-06-16T11:42:56-07:00October 8th, 2013|Online Learning|Comments Off on Open Badges Courses – Peaceful Playgrounds

Thank you!

Course Instructions. Thank you for signing up for  a Peaceful Playgrounds online course. Please enter your login and password to begin the course.   Return to the online learning menu and locate your course to begin. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate and open badge upon passing a quiz.

By |2015-07-28T17:06:47-07:00September 21st, 2013|Online Learning|Comments Off on Thank you!

Playground project adds interactive playground map

MARILYN FORBES I FOR THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW Enjoying the U.S. map on the Menallen Elementary School playground are students (from left) Matthew Zsiros, 11, Echo Shaffer, 10, Colton May, 7 and Hunter Sabatula, 6. The parents and the staff of the Menallen Elementary School playground committee have been striving for two years to make [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:27-07:00September 16th, 2013|News and Media, Newspapers Articles|Comments Off on Playground project adds interactive playground map

New playground games promote peaceful play

MacArthur School in Hoffman Estates is the third school in District 54 to implement the Peaceful Playground program, which provides colorful blacktop games that promote active, healthy play. (Kate Thayer/Tribune) 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 [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:27-07:00September 16th, 2013|News and Media, Newspapers Articles|Comments Off on New playground games promote peaceful play