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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]