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 |2019-07-01T10:40:40-08:00June 30th, 2019|Announcement, Featured Articles, Recess|Comments Off on School Recess Revival

Painting Peaceful Playgrounds at Wallace

Kern Valley Sun Article By Shannon Rapose During a winter break, parents and staff came together to paint hundreds of shapes, footprints and multiuse game markings in the play areas on the Wallace playground creating a "Peaceful Playground."   According to Brian Polston, principal of Kernville and Wallace Elementary,  "the mission of Peaceful Playgrounds is to [...]

By |2019-02-16T08:57:02-08:00February 18th, 2019|News and Media, Newspapers Articles|Comments Off on Painting Peaceful Playgrounds at Wallace

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 |2018-07-10T10:28:54-08:00July 10th, 2018|BLOG, Recess|Comments Off on Should principals fight for recess?

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 |2018-05-31T11:20:28-08:00May 17th, 2018|Announcement, Recess|Comments Off on SHAPE America and Peaceful Playgrounds Materials for Recess Advocacy

12 Childrens’ Books on Play

Childrens' Books on Play. Sometimes, all the motivation a child needs, to get outside and play, is a good Children's' book on play. The list below can accomplish just that purpose and more as well.  We explore play from various perspectives in the books selected. Just One More Game by Martha Hamlett This story hits [...]

By |2018-12-06T11:55:10-08:00May 15th, 2018|Announcement, Play|Comments Off on 12 Childrens’ Books on Play

School Recess: Why some love and others hate this American tradition.

  The school recess movement in Orange County, Florida is growing and even received national attention yesterday when The Today Show put out an elementary recess survey. The national survey shows that 99% of adults participating in the survey favor elementary school recess.  End of the subject?  Not quite.  Parents in nearby Lake County have [...]

By |2019-08-15T13:22:16-08:00January 15th, 2015|Featured Articles|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 |2017-12-27T14:41:22-08:00September 23rd, 2014|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

Playground Hassles and Headaches Video

School Playground Problems and Solutions Identified Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program is built around research which identifies 5 things that go wrong on a typical school playground and 5 solutions to those problems. [jwplayer config="big" mediaid="3722"] To learn more about Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program , visit our recess program information page, or visit the media page of [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:23-08:00June 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|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 |2019-08-15T10:51:11-08:00December 30th, 2013|Featured Articles, Recess|Comments Off on Why School Recess Makes Kids Smarter

New playground games promote peaceful play

MacArthur School in Hoffman Estates is the third school in District 54 to implement the Peaceful Playground program, which provides colorful blacktop games that promote active, healthy play. (Kate Thayer/Tribune) By Kate Thayer TribLocal reporter Recess isn’t just about swinging and sliding for some students in District 54. Instead, they’re playing problem-solving playground [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:27-08:00September 16th, 2013|News and Media, Newspapers Articles|Comments Off on New playground games promote peaceful play

School Recess gets a dose of peace at Nottingham West in Hudson

Danielle Curtis School recess activities at Nottingham Elementary Photo by : William Wrobel  The Telegraph When one player made a mistake and wanted a “do-over,” others reminded him that was against the rules, and he quietly, if somewhat unhappily, returned to playing. And in another area of the Hudson school’s playground, students picked [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:41:27-08:00September 16th, 2013|News and Media, Newspapers Articles|Comments Off on School Recess gets a dose of peace at Nottingham West in Hudson

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 |2019-03-12T11:02:29-08:00March 1st, 2013|Featured Articles, Physical Activity, Recess|Comments Off on 60 Alternatives to Withholding Recess

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 |2017-12-27T14:41:39-08:00February 22nd, 2013|Featured Articles, Recess|Comments Off on Structured vs Unstructured Recess

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 |2019-08-15T13:53:53-08:00February 16th, 2013|Featured Articles, Recess|Comments Off on School Recess: When Is It Too Cold To Go Out To Recess?

Playground Research

NCLB Compliant Playground Program Scientific Research Review- Playground Research Playground markings are currently a popular intervention strategy in the increasing epidemic of childhood obesity. Numerous playground research studies have shown that playground markings increase children’s physical activity levels at recess. Scientifically based research cited in the literature review demonstrates that a research base exists [...]

By |2019-05-29T10:14:26-08:00January 17th, 2013|About, Research|Comments Off on Playground Research