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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+00:00September 21st, 2018|Announcement, playground|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+00:00October 5th, 2017|Featured Articles, playground|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+00:00March 16th, 2016|Featured Articles, playground|0 Comments

Five Tips for Making Your Playground Kid Friendly

By Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer I watched a less popular girl, Allison, walk up to a group of four girls who were playing a game of four-square. As she approached and asked, “Can I play?” she was quickly rebuffed. “The game is closed,” Janey, the ring leader, announced. Given the school is a Peaceful Playgrounds’ school, [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:26+00:00December 2nd, 2013|Featured Articles, playground|0 Comments

Everything I learned in life I learned on the playground

I watched a less popular girl, Allison, walk up to a group of four girls who were playing a game of four-square. As she approached and asked, “Can I play?” she was quickly rebuffed. “The game is closed,” Janey, the ring leader, announced. Given the school is a Peaceful Playgrounds school, I was surprised at [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:37+00:00June 12th, 2013|Featured Articles, playground|0 Comments

Low Cost Playgrounds Can Result in High Levels of Activity

"Peaceful Playgrounds: An engaging recess solution." Low-Cost High Activity School Playgrounds on the Rise Keep It Simple Simple playthings such as balls, jump ropes, hula hoops and riding toys, do more for encouraging physical activity on school playgrounds than swings, jungle gyms and other "stationary" or "fixed" playground equipment, according to a recent report in [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:42:12+00:00December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, featured posts, playground, Recess|0 Comments

Keeping Kids Cool at School

As most of the nation head back to school facing triple digit heat, schools face the challenges associated with outdoor recess and overheated classrooms. Principals and physical educators will face daily decisions regarding children’s heat health on the playground. In this article, we will review some information regarding different playground challenges and solutions to those [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:42:31+00:00August 23rd, 2012|Featured Articles, playground, Recess|1 Comment

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