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.

 

 

 


Help Prevent Wasted Food Resource- Team Nutrition

Help Prevent Wasted Food USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative is pleased to announce the availability of a slightly revised “What You Can Do to Prevent Wasted Food” booklet for school meal programs. Team Nutrition has updated this publication to include new tips and resource links. School nutrition professionals, parents, students, teachers, and school administrators [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:44:52-08:00January 14th, 2020|BLOG, Nutrition|Comments Off on Help Prevent Wasted Food Resource- Team Nutrition

Peaceful Playgrounds is Hiring

Peaceful Playgrounds is currently hiring an office worker. POSITION:  Office Worker PART-TIME :  YES HOURS : 24 LOCATION:  Webb City, Missouri HRLY:  $12   To apply fill out the form below.   Application 2019

By |2019-12-17T09:15:44-08:00December 16th, 2019|Featured Articles|Comments Off on Peaceful Playgrounds is Hiring

Sensory Pathways-Locomotor Skills

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 [...]

By |2020-01-06T08:49:53-08:00August 24th, 2019|Featured Articles|Comments Off on Sensory Pathways-Locomotor Skills

Spotlight Article: Legal Issues Impacting Playground Supervision

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 [...]

By |2019-08-25T01:46:25-07:00August 21st, 2019|Featured Articles, Supervision|Comments Off on Spotlight Article: Legal Issues Impacting Playground Supervision

Announcing Peaceful Playgrounds Sensory Motor Pathways Playground Markings

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. [...]

By |2019-07-31T07:20:45-07:00July 31st, 2019|Announcement, Featured Articles, playground, Products, Recess|Comments Off on Announcing Peaceful Playgrounds Sensory Motor Pathways Playground Markings

School Recess Revival

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 [...]

By |2019-07-01T10:40:40-07:00June 30th, 2019|Announcement, Featured Articles, Recess|Comments Off on School Recess Revival

Fruit and Veggie Toolkit for Kids from American Heart Association

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.

By |2019-02-28T11:22:57-08:00February 28th, 2019|Announcement, Nutrition|Comments Off on Fruit and Veggie Toolkit for Kids from American Heart Association

Equity Matters in Education – Low income schools receive recess less often.

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 [...]

By |2018-12-06T11:50:57-08:00October 11th, 2018|Announcement, Recess|Comments Off on Equity Matters in Education – Low income schools receive recess less often.

Alternatives to withholding recess for discipline issues

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 [...]

By |2018-09-21T10:38:45-07:00September 21st, 2018|Announcement, playground|Comments Off on Alternatives to withholding recess for discipline issues

Play Nice Newsletter on Playground Discipline

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 [...]

By |2018-09-13T09:30:29-07:00September 13th, 2018|Announcement, Playground Supervision|Comments Off on Play Nice Newsletter on Playground Discipline

WA PTA Resolution in Support of Recess

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 [...]

By |2018-09-04T09:41:52-07:00September 5th, 2018|Announcement, Featured Articles, Recess|Comments Off on WA PTA Resolution in Support of Recess

National PTA Resolution in Support of Recess

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 [...]

By |2018-09-13T09:36:56-07:00September 4th, 2018|Announcement, Featured Articles, Recess|Comments Off on National PTA Resolution in Support of Recess

How to paint and lay out a four square court

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.     

By |2018-05-31T11:23:07-07:00May 21st, 2018|Announcement, Recess|Comments Off on How to paint and lay out a four square court

Peaceful Playgrounds Year End Sale Coming to an End

Do miss this opportunity for the best savings of the year on the Peaceful Playgrounds recess program.  SAVE $1000.  Use this link to learn more about the Peaceful Playgrounds recess program. Join more than 8000 schools across the nation and make our playground a peaceful playground.

By |2018-05-14T13:06:57-07:00May 21st, 2018|Announcement, Recess|Comments Off on Peaceful Playgrounds Year End Sale Coming to an End

SHAPE America and Peaceful Playgrounds Materials for Recess Advocacy

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

By |2018-05-31T11:20:28-07:00May 17th, 2018|Announcement, Recess|Comments Off on SHAPE America and Peaceful Playgrounds Materials for Recess Advocacy