recess 

Playing Outside Makes Kids Smarter

Schools are cutting recess -- that's a shame -- but parents also need to make an effort to get kids out of the house and into the yard. In the race to help kids get ahead academically, American schools seem to take a spaghetti at the wall approac...

Hopscotch Voted Best Playground Game Ever

While too many schools today are nixing recess for more hours in the classroom, most of us grownups have oh-so fond memories of those 20 minutes each day on the playground. It was a time to let loose and have some fun, fun, fun. I remember anxiously ...

Playground News - Girls are Less Active Than Boys

Visiting my daughter's kindergarten class at recess, it's hard to tell exactly who is playing with who. Boys and girls are everywhere, climbing, crawling, and chasing. But according a recent study, by age 10, boys are more likely to be the ones exerc...

Should Recess Be Mandated?

Ellie had two early dismissal days at school last week and came home complaining. She wasn't upset about missing a few hours of school, she was bummed about missing recess. I sympathized, but pointed out to her that some kids don't get recess at all....

Outsourcing recess, talking like pirates, and Amy Pohler crying - Links we love

Arrrrr! Yesterday was 'Talk Like a Pirate Day.' Alpha Mom has decor and accessories for celebrating. -- AlphaMom Amy Poehler can't stop crying. Find out why. -- Babble Looking for a unique baby shower gift? How about a donation to Newborns in ...

School backflips on cartwheel ban

An Australian school who recently banned cartwheels may be reversing its decision. Both parents and children protested after cartwheels, somersaults and other gymnastics were banned during recess. According to the school, safety was at the the he...

Playing not just for kids

In case you were not aware, or perhaps if you forgot, playing is not just for children. And, children aren't playing as much as they should be. At least so perhaps thinks Stuart Brown, President of the National Institute for Play. Brown created the ...

Playground memories: Red Rover

Back in the ancient days of my youth, there was a game called "Red Rover". It was a playground staple (I believe we even played it with teacher permission during gym class in those lawsuit-free, what-doesn't-kill-you-makes-you-stronger-times) because...

ParentDish feature: All in the House, when the young ones start shaving

We are a furry bunch in our family. All three of my children were born with full heads of hair. The men in my family lean towards the hairy back side of things. On the female side we have the hairy leg issue with which to contend. This is not a big d...

Update: Kids getting around the "no tag" rule

Roger Sinasohn recently wrote about one school's decision to ban tag on the playground. The principal at the elementary school in Attleboro, Massachusetts said she started the ban with worries about the children's safety. According to the original ar...

Tag! Nobody's "it" in Attleboro

Principal Gaylene Heppe of Willett Elementary School in Attleboro, Massachussetts worries about her students' safety. So much so that she enforces a ban on tag, touch football, or any other games involving physical contact during recess. She cites th...

Recess under siege

According to Yahoo!News, recess is in deep trouble -- some schools are getting rid of the time traditionally used to let kids blow off some steam. School leaders blame academic pressures, saying that the extra time is needed to focus on more academic...

Are recess and Ritalin inversely correlated?

Last night when we were again discussing the boy vs. girl-ness of education, I recognized the recurrence of a new theme in the ADD/genderized learning debate: when recess time decreases, ADHD increases. Are recess and Ritalin inversely correlat...

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