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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Foursquare is a popular elementary school recess game. Our rollout stencil makes it easy to layout and add to any playground. https://peacefulplaygrounds.com/product/catalog/four-square-stencil-individual/ This video shows you how to layout and paint a four square court.
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Take advantage of these two toolkits for promoting, organizing and advocating for recess in schools. SHAPE America has some great materials for promoting recess in schools. http://ow.ly/y1U730jZI9U Check out our Right to Recess Toolkit for additional materials to Advocate for Recess in Schools. http://ow.ly/eTLm30jZIjx
Childrens' Books on Play. Sometimes, all the motivation a child needs, to get outside and play, is a good Children's' book on play. The list below can accomplish just that purpose and more as well. We explore play from various perspectives in the books selected. Just One More Game by Martha Hamlett This story hits [...]
Online Playground Supervisor Training Even one injury can have a devastating financial effect on a district. Playground Supervisor Training can reduce injuries and legal liability. Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer, course author is an expert witness in school injury cases and a retired principal. "The same issues were coming up in multiple cases. This course allows you [...]
What happens when kids run a mile each day is explained in this article. The new program called the Daily Mile began in Scotland around 6 years ago and now it is in 3600 schools in 25 countries. On average it takes kids about 15 minutes to run the mile which helps them to meet [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]