Recess—Yay or Nay?

Here’s hoping your students will have recess this year. Maybe even recesses! I think brain breaks are a super idea, however should brain breaks replace outdoor recess? My vote is no, they should not. Brain breaks are fun and active, however most are structured. Recess allows for unstructured play time which encourages creativity and fosters…

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Recess!

Think back to your elementary school years. How many recesses did you have? I seem to remember that we had three; one in the morning, a lunch recess, and one in the afternoon. I always made a beeline for the swings. I loved (and still love) the swings. We all know that frequent recesses are…

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Go Play!

When I was little, I spent a lot of time playing. A LOT. My parents were very fond of saying, “Go play outside.” And, happy as a clam, out I went to play with the neighbor kids, search for bugs under rocks, or collect pinecones and pretend they were ingredients in some magical stew. I…

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Are Children Today Overprotected?

In North Wales, there is an adventure playground called “The Land.” To be honest, it looks like an old junkyard covered with tires, old mattresses, boards, shacks, boxes, tools, and other random stuff. In this playground, children are allowed to build, create, and explore. Playground workers are there to make sure children don’t get hurt, but…

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