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.
Locomotor skills are the foundation of large muscle movements and the cornerstone of gross motor coordination. There are eight basic locomotor movements which include: walk, run, hop, jump, gallop, skip, leap and slide. Research suggests that once a child can walk and run comfortably then he/she is ready to learn the other 6 movements. Research [...]
Legal Issues and Answers As you may know, for more than 15 years, I have been hired as an expert witness in cases involving student injuries and how those related to supervision. In this article I will share with you some words of wisdom I have learned serving as an expert. One key in all [...]
BACKGROUND Locomotor skills are the foundation of large muscle movements and the cornerstone of gross motor coordination. There are eight basic locomotor movements which include: walk, run, hop, jump, gallop, skip, leap and slide. Research suggests that once a child can walk and run comfortably then he/she is ready to learn the other six movements. [...]
School Recess Article In recent years, an effort to pass laws mandating school recess for elementary school-age students has picked up steam largely as a result of parent advocates who believe school recess plays an important role in their child’s well-being. The first parent uprising formed to put school recess into Florida schools [...]
Parents and caregivers are essential decision-makers when it comes to the nutrition, physical activity and health needs of their children. Our Fruit and Veggie Toolkit for Kids is a collection of resources that will help you empower your child(ren) to develop healthy habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits.
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 [...]