THE CASE FOR RECESS: Why We Need to Bring Back Free Play

Are children’s physical and mental health and recess related? You bet. Recess is important. It’s the opportunity for children to move their bodies, make new friends, and jump into imaginary worlds. If done correctly, recess can be an invaluable component to foster ..

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Sample Letter to Superintendents - The Case for Recess

Sometimes we forget the role that recess plays in developing young minds and bodies. Schools are busy places, and teachers are busy people, so it's not surprising that recess is often the first thing to get cut or taken away as a form of punishment. In order to offer sensory- ..

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Why Walking Laps at Recess Time Isn't a Good Idea

I was in the middle of feeding my baby boy, when the phone rang. “I need your help,” the person on the other line said. It was an old friend of mine. “Our school is making it mandatory that the children walk laps during recess time.” She went on to te ..

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WHY CHILDREN FIDGET: And what we can do about it

A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her six-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pe ..

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