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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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