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How did movement become trivialized? How did testing become the only measure of a child’s success? We must allow for whole child development.

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Teachers and Admin undergo three full-day trainings to help shift daily procedures

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Implement four 15-minute outdoor, unstructured play breaks every day in the schools

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Positive Action® 15-minute character curriculum lessons every day in the schools

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District leadership discussions throughout each year to create sustainable change

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Improve the health, character and attention span of your students. Inspiring innovation and creativity in your students will allow them to be more effective in the classroom.

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Deborah Rhea, Ed.D.

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Finland is an educational superpower, despite breaking almost every “rule” we Americans think we know about education. Wrong Turns, Right Moves in Education (Archway, 2019) investigates the differences in these systems, advocating for an educational model that focuses on quality over quantity and the social emotional growth of children through play.

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September 16, 2021

The LIINK Project
This might seem like a simple picture, but if you look closely you will find pure creativity. These girls built a hot tub and a pool out of mud. They were quick to explain the engineering of it all, and kept working on it for their whole recess! #play #tculiink #theliinkproject #getoutside #playmatters #wholechild #learning #education #liinkschool ...
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September 1, 2021

The LIINK Project
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August 16, 2021

The LIINK Project
Happy first day back to school for many of our teachers, students, and parents! ...
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August 13, 2021

The LIINK Project
Will you get outside today? We hope you do! Here are some benefits: ✨ fresh air for your lungs ✨ strengthening your eyes & ability to see vibrant colors✨ naturally relaxing via engaging the parasympathetic nervous system#getoutside #play #playmatters #health #child #wholechild #texas #tculiink #theliinkproject ...
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August 2, 2021

The LIINK Project
Scroll to check our annual report! #tculiink #theliinkproject #PlayMoreLearnMore #recess #playmatters ...
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July 28, 2021

The LIINK Project
We can’t explain how excited we are for this collaboration! #play #learn #getoutside #wholechild #recess #tculiink #liinkproject ...
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July 26, 2021

The LIINK Project
The LiiNK team is so excited to join Dr. Nora Laho, the Director of Copper Island Academy in the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan and her team in a multiple recess collaboration. They are a Finnish school opening this fall grades K-8 to have 15 minute unstructured, outdoor recesses every hour. This is the true Finnish model. Dr. Rhea travelled to UP last week to learn more about what they want to achieve and how we could help. The policies and procedures we have designed were introduced to them so they can begin successfully with this school model. The LiiNK Project has implemented four 15-minute unstructured play breaks daily (a modified form of the Finnish model schedule) in Texas and Oklahoma schools with great success for many years. We look forward to a long-standing relationship between LiiNK and Copper Island Academy for years to come as well.We are grateful for the expertise of Dr. Debbie Rhea, founder of the LiiNK Project, and look forward to a long-standing relationship with Dr. Rhea and the LiiNK team. The LiiNK Project has been implementing the Finnish model schedule in schools in Texas and Oklahoma with great success for many years. Visit liinkproject.tcu.edu/ to learn more about the LiiNK model and its success stories. Visit www.copperislandacademy.org to learn more about Copper Island Academy. (Success stories to come!)#unstructuredplay #tculiink The LIINK Project ...
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Don’t forget your LiiNK breaks today! Take four 15-minute breaks, outside, unplugged (no technology), and try to move!

#tculiink #theliinkproject #outdoors #wholechild #education #getoutside #play #unstructuredplay

Compared to kids confined indoors, children who regularly play in nature show heightened motor control—including balance, coordination, and agility. ~ Scott Sampson.

"Children who become myopic tend to spend less time outdoors. #Myopia development & progression may also be related to reading & computer screen viewing for long periods of time." @AOAConnect #play #recess #prevention #ece @jasonmnagata @braininsights https://www.aoa.org/news/clinical-eye-care/public-health/doctors-of-optometry-leaders-in-fight-against-myopias-threat

This is a great article discussing the importance of play, and why kids need it now more than ever before.

https://statesman-tx-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=048f83123_1345efd

#recess #play #tculiink #theliinkproject #playmorelearnmore #unstructuredplay #wholechildlearning #education

Play is important for enhancing children’s physical skills, and for the development of self-regulation, cognition, executive functions, language, social skills, problem solving, and creativity. ~ THE EARLY LEARNING GUIDELINES

“Play is not a break from learning. It is endless, delightful, deep, engaging, practical learning. It’s the doorway into the child’s heart!” ~ Vince Gowmon

“Play is not a break from learning. It is endless, delightful, deep, engaging, practical learning. It’s the doorway into the child’s heart!” ~ Vince Gowmon #PlayMatters

Happy first day back to school for many of our students, teachers, and parents!

#theliinkproject #tculiink #recess #play #getoutside #playmorelearnmore #wholechildeducation #qualitylearning #outdoors

A must read!!

#recessiscrucial #health #wholechild #playmatters #play #getoutside #child #education

https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/1/183

Check out our annual report! Enjoy & please share!

#playmatters #play #kids #recess #tculiink #theliinkproject #playmorelearnmore #education #wholechild

https://www.canva.com/design/DAEix-pD4jg/Ey9Ux2KtnP_Idi87Wo35Qg/view?utm_content=DAEix-pD4jg&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink

LiiNK Project x Copper Island Academy. Check this out!

#play #playmorelearnmore #recess #wholechild #playislearning