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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+00:00September 5th, 2018|Announcement, Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

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+00:00September 4th, 2018|Announcement, Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

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. This video shows you how to layout and paint a four square court.     

By |2018-05-31T11:23:07+00:00May 21st, 2018|Announcement, Recess|0 Comments

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+00:00May 21st, 2018|Announcement, Recess|0 Comments

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. Check out our Right to Recess Toolkit for additional materials to Advocate for Recess in Schools.

By |2018-05-31T11:20:28+00:00May 17th, 2018|Announcement, Recess|0 Comments

Peaceful Playgrounds Welcomes East Street Student Back to School

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 [...]

By |2018-05-15T16:51:26+00:00April 14th, 2018|Recess, Schools|0 Comments

Recess Articles

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+00:00August 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+00:00September 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+00:00December 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 |2018-05-11T06:36:34+00:00March 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 punishment.  [...]

By |2018-03-02T15:39:09+00:00March 1st, 2013|Featured Articles, Physical Activity, Recess|0 Comments

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+00:00February 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+00:00February 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+00:00January 8th, 2013|News and Media, Newspapers Articles, Recess|0 Comments

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