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  • Why kids need recess more than ever

    Why kids need recess more than ever

    Originally published in Treehugger by Katherine Martinko, December 2019 It’s about so much more than getting daily exercise. Recess is an important part of a child’s school day, and for reasons you may not have realized before. The daily outdoor playtime about much more than burning off energy and getting exercise; it is crucial for • Read More »

  • When Children Play, They Follow the Golden Rules of Fairness

    When Children Play, They Follow the Golden Rules of Fairness

    Originally published in Psychology Today by Peter Gray, Ph.D., November 2019 I am a long-time admirer of Marc Bekoff and his research on play among canids (wolves, coyotes, dogs and the like). I was happy, therefore, to see his recent Psychology Today blog post entitled “When Dogs Play, They Follow the Golden Rules of Fairness.” • Read More »

  • Finns Find that The LESS Time Boys Spend in Physical Activity the WORSE Their Reading Ability!

    Finns Find that The LESS Time Boys Spend in Physical Activity the WORSE Their Reading Ability!

    Originally published in Let Grow by Lenore Skenazy, November 2019 When boys get less time to run around, they do worse on reading and math. That’s the conclusion of a study done in Finland — … When boys get less time to run around, they do worse on reading and math. That’s the conclusion of • Read More »

  • The role of free play in early childhood education

    The role of free play in early childhood education

    Originally published in The Oakland Press, October 2019, photo and story courtesy of Metro Creative Connection Glance at a typical family schedule and you would no doubt see that afternoons are jam-packed and many children — even the youngest among them — have full itineraries of structured after-school activities. In an effort to raise well-rounded • Read More »

  • Learning on the playground: How elementary school recess enhances every aspect of child development

    Learning on the playground: How elementary school recess enhances every aspect of child development

    Originally published in USSC Newscenter by Jennifer McNulty, October 2019 Recess is a lot like school lunch: Some kids get lasagna with an organic green salad, some get a burrito out of a box, and some do without. Like lunch, who gets recess—and who gets good recess—is often determined by what school district a student lives in. • Read More »

  • To really learn, our children need the power of play

    To really learn, our children need the power of play

    Originally published in the Wall Street Journal by Pasi Sahlberg and William Doyle, Illustration by Greg Clarke, August 2019 Pasi Sahlberg came to the U.S. as a visiting professor at Harvard University, and William Doyle moved to Finland to study its world-renowned school system as a Fulbright scholar. We brought our families with us. And • Read More »

  • A three-point plan for healthier kids: play, play and more play

    A three-point plan for healthier kids: play, play and more play

    Originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald by Pasi Sahlberg, November 2019 The biggest issues confronting parents these days all seem to have one common element: smart devices. We know for sure that children today suffer more mental health issues than generations before. We also know that kids now sleep much less than they should, • Read More »

  • Teachers Withholding Recess as Punishment Does More Harm Than Good

    Teachers Withholding Recess as Punishment Does More Harm Than Good

    Originally published in Healthline Parenthood by Leah Campbell, May 2019, Photo by Getty Images Recess is a critical component of a child’s healthy development, yet some teachers continue to withhold it as punishment for bad behavior. School may be out for summer, but the subject of recess has still been making big news with two • Read More »

  • Seguin ISD Inspiring Kids & Teachers with Recess

    Seguin ISD Inspiring Kids & Teachers with Recess

    Originally published in Fox29 by Fox San Antonio, April 2019 An area school district is increasing recess time for students. Seguin ISD is taking part in a program called LiiNK, or Let’s Inspire Innovation ‘N Kids. Many of the schools in the district now have four 15-minute unstructured, outdoor play breaks every day. According to • Read More »

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