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  • Kids explain their rhymes, games, and songs

    Kids explain their rhymes, games, and songs

    Originally published in The Library of Congress by Stephanie Hall, 5 June 2020 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 • Read More »

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

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

    Originally published in Let Grow by Katy Anderson, March 2020 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 • Read More »

  • 43 Ways our Kids Thrive on Free Play

    43 Ways our Kids Thrive on Free Play

    Originally published in We the Parents by Neve Spicer, November 2020 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: • Read More »

  • The Death of Recess in America

    The Death of Recess in America

    Originally published by The Best Schools by TBS staff, January 2019 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 • Read More »

  • Teachers Are Quitting, Students Are Crying, and Parents Are Frustrated—Welcome to Kindergarten

    Teachers Are Quitting, Students Are Crying, and Parents Are Frustrated—Welcome to Kindergarten

    Originally published in Let Grow by Angela Barton, January 2020 I am a part of a Facebook group of over 66,000 kindergarten teachers. Every day, teachers in this group write posts about themselves crying alone in their classrooms. Why? The tears are due to the excessive demands being placed on kindergarten teachers and their tiny students. • Read More »

  • School Recess Keeps Shrinking, and Our Children Deserve Better

    School Recess Keeps Shrinking, and Our Children Deserve Better

    Originally published in Let Grow by Holly Korbey, December 2019 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 • Read More »

  • Finding middle ground in the debate over recess

    Finding middle ground in the debate over recess

    Originally published in CommonWealth Magazine by Todd Gazda, December 2019 Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.  – Fred Rogers AS EDUCATORS, the most precious resource we have is time. There never seems to be • Read More »

  • Movement Breaks Should Not Be a Substitute for Recess

    Movement Breaks Should Not Be a Substitute for Recess

    Originally published in Let Grow by Kate Sundquist, December 2019 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 • Read More »

  • You Can’t Control the Weather So Why Should it Control You?

    You Can’t Control the Weather So Why Should it Control You?

    Originally published in Let Grow by Kate Sundquist, December 2019 We complain kids these days are getting soft and don’t dress for the weather, but parents need to lead by example.  It was a nasty day of slushy mess—the kind that makes you want to settle in by the woodstove with a steaming mug of • Read More »

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