I grew up in Michigan. Being a hardy Michigander, I used to slog to elementary school wearing every piece of cold-weather clothing possible: snow pants, coat, boots, scarf, hat, and mittens. And when I taught kindergarten in Michigan, my students did the same. Each day for recess, I would help them wrestle into their clothing so they could go outside to play.
When I moved down south for my job here at The Mailbox®, I once had a coworker ask me what we did for recess up there in the great white north, assuming that we kept the children inside. She was completely surprised when I said that we bundled them up and took them out. Honestly, the kids loved it–and it was good for them!
Recess is important all year round. Students need to have free outdoor play even when there’s two feet of snow on the playground. Indoor recess is necessary on occasion, but it doesn’t give youngsters the gross-motor skills and social opportunities of outdoor play.
Tell me about the recess rules at your school. If there’s snow where you live, do students play outside?