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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 [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:17+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Recess, Resources|0 Comments

Recess isn’t just play time for children it’s time well spent

School recess holds a special place in the heart of the American public school student, according to the editorial in today's Concord Monitor. Life Lessons Learned on the Playground However, beyond the love of recess, there are also many life lessons that are learned on the playground. Parents are beginning to understand how important recess [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:22+00:00 September 23rd, 2014|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

Why School Recess Makes Kids Smarter

  According to a second grader, Allison Rincand, her favorite activity at school,   “Recess because I get to play with my friends.”  Her response mirrors the majority of children in elementary school where over 80% of students rate recess as their favorite subject. For decades most people have assumed that recess was unimportant, and its [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:25+00:00 December 30th, 2013|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

Physical activity : Making the case for kids moving more.

What is Physical Activity? Kids enjoying physical activity. 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 of moderate or vigorous intensity, according to the USDA. Some examples [...]

Playground Stencil Packages

  The playground stencil packages come with roll-out stencils which make application a breeze. No measuring! Just roll-out the full-size playground stencils, chalk, and paint. Brightly colored markings enhance motor skill development and provide activities for an outdoor motor learning lab or recess games.  The playground stencil package results in a brightly colored playground with lots [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:38+00:00 March 13th, 2013|featured posts, PE, Recess|0 Comments

60 Alternatives to Withholding Recess

  Withholding Recess is Prohibited in 44% of School Districts Given the value of recess in a student’s physical and social development and the need for periodic breaks from classroom instruction, withholding recess is prohibited in 44% of school districts across the nation.   Educators and administrators alike are examining the use of recess as [...]

Structured vs Unstructured Recess

Most Students Deserve An Unstructured Recess Experience Today I received a phone call from a second-grade teacher. She indicated that she had a behavior challenged child (frequent discipline issues) and was growing pretty frustrated with him. In response to Jeremy (not his real name), who was hitting kids, pushing kids, and causing chaos at recess, [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:39+00:00 February 22nd, 2013|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

School Recess: When Is It Too Cold To Go Out To Recess?

Indoor or Outdoor Recess? When the weather outside is frightful school recess on the playground may not be delightful.  Just ask any playground supervisor. Outdoor recess, however, is a reality and daily decisions about “how cold is too cold” is something site principals, teachers, and day care directors will be making during the winter months.  [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:40+00:00 February 16th, 2013|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

Eliminate School Recess? California State University San Marcos

Eliminate School Recess? Let's Skip It! Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D. California State University San Marcos Every decade or so educators stumble upon a really bad idea. The elimination of school recess is one such current example. Citing valid, yet, inconveniencing reasons such as liability concerns, supervision hardships, and the pressure to increase academic achievement, some educators [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:41:51+00:00 January 8th, 2013|News and Media, Newspapers Articles, Recess|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+00:00 December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, featured posts, playground, Recess|0 Comments

Recess is on the Upswing

America’s favorite pastime may be baseball but for children in school, it's definitely recessed! Just ask a group of students their favorite subject in school and you’re sure to get a loud enthusiastic array of “recess”! And much to the delight of students and parents alike, recess appears to be on the upswing. In 1998, [...]

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

Recess Before Lunch

Thinking about recess before lunch?  These resources will help. As you may know, I’m a retired principal but I’d be the first to admit that changing the education system is a lot like turn a huge cruise ship in a small harbor. Possible but not probable and it requires lots of maneuvering. However, a few [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:42:12+00:00 December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, Recess, Resources|1 Comment

Lessons Learned Educating a Community

A Community Playground Project                         [jwplayer mediaid="521"] Last summer, I spent 5 days in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the height of summer, in a record setting heat wave painting playground games on the blacktop. One of those days it was a mere 105 degrees.  [...]

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

10 Rainy and Snow Day Activities for Indoor Recess

I’ve scanned the list of activities that could be conducted for indoor recess or physical education activities on inclement days.   Indoor Activities for Getting Kids Active ABC for Fitness - Their stated mission is to provide a fun, simple, engaging, no-cost, effective activities that encourage physical activity in the classroom. The program is FREE [...]

By | 2017-12-27T14:42:12+00:00 December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, PE, Recess|1 Comment

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+00:00 August 23rd, 2012|Featured Articles, playground, Recess|1 Comment

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