Kids explain their rhymes, games, and songs

June 5, 2020 | By adminl1nk

Children jumping rope, Blue Ridge Elementary School, Ararat, North Carolina. Photo by George Price Jr., 1978. Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project. This post is part of a series of posts called Staff Finds During Difficult Times, in which staff members discuss collections and items that have been inspiring them while they are working at home • Read More »

Going Outside Will Keep Us Happier During This Time of Social Distancing

March 17, 2020 | By adminl1nk

With the continuing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the United States, everyone is talking about social distancing. I just found out that my three kids will be out of school for at least the next two weeks. Like many parents, I’m wondering just what it means to practice social distancing. I’m also trying to • Read More »

43 Ways our Kids Thrive on Free Play

January 30, 2020 | By adminl1nk

Is your child getting enough ‘free play’? Child-led free play – the unstructured time during which children can act out their fantasies, create their own rules, and explore the world at their own pace – profoundly benefits their early development. But here’s the thing: While experts agree that undirected play is vital, it is disappearing • Read More »

The Death of Recess in America

January 30, 2020 | By adminl1nk

There is something horribly wrong with America’s children. They can’t sit still. They have a hard time focusing in class. They struggle to remain silent during crucial testing preparation. Why, it’s almost as though they are naturally programmed for running, jumping, and playing, as opposed to studying, reciting, and memorizing. Obviously, we are in the • Read More »

School Recess Keeps Shrinking, and Our Kids Deserve Better (in News Section)

December 29, 2019 | By adminl1nk

When my youngest son started kindergarten in Nashville a few years ago, I was excited about a new Tennessee law requiring three 15-minute school recesses per day. I wouldn’t have to worry about my energetic little boy bouncing off the walls at school. But it didn’t last. After hearing from frustrated teachers and school leaders • Read More »

Movement Breaks Should Not Be a Substitute for Recess

December 19, 2019 | By adminl1nk

High knees and jumping jacks shouldn’t replace sunshine and free play. When the school’s phone number pops up on my phone at 11:30 on a Tuesday, I pause. For a split second, I catch myself thinking, “Please don’t be the principal.” I have to move on quickly from this line of thought because the only • Read More »