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

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 |2018-12-06T11:50:57-07:00October 11th, 2018|Announcement, Recess|Comments Off on Equity Matters in Education – Low income schools receive recess less often.

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

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

Recess is Important according to a variety of experts and professional organizations.

“We need more recess, ” announced a second grader. The CDC, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree with him! When Catherine Ramstetter, who researches health promotion in schools, started studying recess nearly a decade ago, she expected that the recreational time would help kids get some [...]

By |2018-12-06T12:00:30-07:00August 8th, 2018|Announcement|Comments Off on Recess is Important according to a variety of experts and professional organizations.

Do your students look dazed after recess? It could be the heat.

As the school year begins, it is important to remember that some children may be mildly dehydrated after playing outside.  Children do not have the same cooling system as adults so they can overheat pretty easily on a hot day on the blacktop.    To make matters worse,  most children are so busy playing their [...]

By |2018-08-06T11:00:14-07:00August 6th, 2018|Announcement|Comments Off on Do your students look dazed after recess? It could be the heat.

Monthly Peaceful Playgrounds Tip : Play Nice!

Monthly Peaceful Playgrounds Tip: Play Nice! Redwood Institutes a Freeze Signal For this month we introduce the  Peaceful Playgrounds Tip on using a freeze bell.   Most students will benefit from a clear transition from recess to the classroom. Requiring students to freeze at the sound of the whistle has many benefits: Reduction in playground injuries. [...]

By |2018-12-06T11:55:28-07:00July 15th, 2018|Announcement, Recess|Comments Off on Monthly Peaceful Playgrounds Tip : Play Nice!

Should principals fight for recess?

Zia Bossenmeyer, VP of marketing at Peaceful Playgrounds stands with Daniel Pink after Keynote presentation at the National Elementary School Principals Conference 2018. "Fight for recess, it is not a nicety but a necessity,"  was the message take-a-way contained within Daniel Pink's presentation to the National Elementary School Principals at the annual Conference.  [...]

By |2018-07-10T10:28:54-07:00July 10th, 2018|BLOG, Recess|Comments Off on Should principals fight for recess?

Before and after school playground transformation with Peaceful Playgrounds Kit

Your school playground can go from unattractive to beautiful with the PeacefulPlaygrounds Recess Kit. All it takes is some volunteers, some paint and PP Recess Kit. Lanier Elementary transformed their playground by adding 30 painted games and markings to both the kindergarten playground and the elementary playgrounds.

By |2018-05-31T11:03:15-07:00May 31st, 2018|BLOG|Comments Off on Before and after school playground transformation with Peaceful Playgrounds Kit

10 Books about the Playground and Recess

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 [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:13-07:00October 6th, 2017|Featured Articles|Comments Off on 10 Books about the Playground and Recess

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 |2019-08-21T10:07:49-07:00October 5th, 2017|Featured Articles, PE, playground, Recess|Comments Off on Playground Stencils: Beyond Busy, Happy, and Good

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 [...]

By |2019-08-15T12:53:30-07:00August 10th, 2016|Recess, Resources|0 Comments

Concord Road School paves the way for kinder recess

By Jackie Lupo TIM LAMORTE/RIVERTOWNS ENTERPRISE December 11, 2015 Second-graders use the playground during recess on Dec. 7. ARDSLEY — Recess can be fun for some elementary school students, but stressful for newcomers or those who lack strong social skills. Hoping to promote a culture of kindness on the playground, Concord Road Elementary School recently [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:19-07:00January 7th, 2016|News and Media, Newsletter|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 |2017-12-27T14:41:22-07:00September 23rd, 2014|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

Brain Breaks Resources

Purpose of Brain Breaks Well designed Brain Breaks accomplish three purposes: 1) they refresh students, 2) they refocus students for learning and 3) they re-energize students. Every teacher has experience the glazed look from students who basically need a break.  Kids check-out when sitting and listening for a long period of time.  Once kids [...]

By |2019-08-15T13:38:08-07:00March 13th, 2014|Resources, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Brain Breaks Resources