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FEATURED ARTICLES BY DR. MELINDA BOSSENMEYER

A series of articles on children’s health topics such as physical activity, bullying, school playgrounds, school recess, nutrition, PE, childhood obesity, and play.

 

 

 


Peaceful Playgrounds Welcomes East Street Student Back to School

When East Street staff and students return to school this year they will be welcomed with a new, colorful and fun playground area. The school is implementing the Peaceful Playgrounds Program which, according to their website is based on the concept that several well-marked, colorfully designed games, such as hopscotch, around the world, four squares, etc. will [...]

By | 2018-04-14T08:35:17+00:00 April 14th, 2018|Recess, Schools|0 Comments

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Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program Kit 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. “With the Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program Kit, you can [...]

By | 2018-01-05T14:23:55+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Featured Articles|0 Comments

10 Books about the Playground and Recess

Books for teaching socials skills about recess and the playground. 1) Billy Bully by Ana Galan and Alvaro Galan. In this funny counting book, Billy Bully learns what it means to be a good friend.  "When Billy Bully comes to play he always takes the fun away."  As Billy is rotten on the playground he [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:13+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Featured Articles|0 Comments

Playground Stencils: Beyond Busy, Happy, and Good

Playground stencils: Beyond “Busy, Happy, and Good”. An ever constant mantra in teaching is “what is the learning objective?”  When I was a principal, I remember an experience while observing a 3rd-grade classroom. Students were digging in a sand bucket for a plastic dinosaur. In California, dinosaurs are not in the 3rd grade course of [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:13+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Featured Articles, playground|0 Comments

Physical Activity: What is it? Why is it so important?

 What is physical activity and why is it important?   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 moderate or vigorous intensity, according to the USDA. Some examples of [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:14+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Featured Articles, Physical Activity|0 Comments

Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program Kit

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. “With the Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program Kit, you can [...]

Physical Activity Articles (Kids)

What does moderate to vigorous physical activity mean for kids?  Philly.com  by Rachel DeHaven, Physical Activity Specialist, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Simply put, moderate and vigorous are terms to explain how hard your body is working when doing that particular activity. Exercise physiologists measure activity in metabolic equivalents or METS. One MET is defined as [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:17+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Physical Activity, Resources|0 Comments

Recess Articles

Articles on Improving Recess Improving Recess 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 a daily recess for all grades indoors, while fewer than two-thirds of middle schools and only 26.5 percent of high schools offered physical [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:17+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Recess, Resources|0 Comments

Peaceful Playgrounds’: Designed for Learning

An ever constant mantra in teaching is "what is the learning objective?"  Is your playground a place of active learning?  When I was a principal, I remember an experience while observing a classroom of 3rd graders.  Students were digging in a sand bucket for plastic dinosaurs. In California, dinosaurs are not in the 3rd-grade course of [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:18+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Featured Articles, playground|0 Comments

Professional Learning Networks: Grow 4 it!

This blog post is written by Paul Rosengard, Consultant to the Peaceful Playgrounds Foundation.  Follow Paul at @paulrosengard Grow 4 It! Part 5 – the “T” in “Grow 4 It!” stands for, “Tracking Your Plan” Hello and welcome back to this series on professional growth – for physical educators! If you haven’t already read all [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:18+00:00 February 14th, 2016|Featured Articles|0 Comments

Physical Activity and Academic Achievement

Physical Activity and Academic Achievement The evidence surrounding the link  between physical activity, physical fitness and academics is growing stronger and more abundant.  This page of articles, research students and information on the brain and academic improvements serves to document this connect.   Catherine Davis - Georgia Regents University Speaking on the Brain [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:20+00:00 March 1st, 2015|Featured Articles|0 Comments

School Recess: Why some love and others hate this American tradition.

  The school recess movement in Orange County, Florida is growing and even received national attention yesterday when The Today Show put out an elementary recess survey. The national survey shows that 99% of adults participating in the survey favor elementary school recess.  End of the subject?  Not quite.  Parents in nearby Lake County have [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:21+00:00 January 15th, 2015|Featured Articles|0 Comments

Recess isn’t just play time for children it’s time well spent

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 [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:22+00:00 September 23rd, 2014|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

Playground Supervision: Ten Tips for Improving Playground Safety

By Melinda Bossenmeyer,  Ed.D. Playground Supervision Serious accidents which occur in schools typically happen on the playground, and often playground supervision is a contributing factor.  In fact, approximately 200,000 accidents each year send children to the emergency room for treatment of an injury which occurred on the school playground. The following tips are designed to [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:23+00:00 July 22nd, 2014|Featured Articles, Playground Supervision|0 Comments

Discipline on the playground : A “how to” guide for supervisors

Discipline On the Playground 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 some playground behaviors. For this reason, [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:23+00:00 July 15th, 2014|Featured Articles, Playground Supervision|0 Comments

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