I have so many incredibly fond memories of my elementary school days. Things like…laughing in the school yard with my girlfriends, learning how to Double Dutch and Chinese jump rope, and playing all of those outdoor games I miss to this day –freeze tag, hop scotch, red light green light, just to name a few. The one thing these memories all have in common is the fact that they took place during recess – daily! I grew up in Queens, New York, so little things like cold weather or even snow never got in the way. It was our dose of fresh air, our mid-day break, it was the highlight of our days.
So imagine my surprise when I learned that my daughter’s former school did not have recess every day! As much as I loved the school, I had a MAJOR issue with this. I remember one day I was volunteering in the cafeteria the day after a break and amidst all of the noise making, restlessness, and pure chaos, I shouted, “These kids need recess!” Plus, besides the obvious element of recess such as it being a fun release for the kids and the need for socialization, there is also scientific proof out there highlighting the physical and cognitive benefits of recess.
Despite this, however, there are still several parents who disagree with the idea of recess being a necessity. In fact, there are several really hot parenting debates going on right now and TheGeniusofPlay.org is helping to foster the conversation. Parents across the country are sounding off with their opinions on these popular topics and the debate is heating up!
Check out these videos below and join in the conversation!
Should schools need to allow more play – including recess?
Do Sports Count as Play?
Should Kids Play Unsupervised?
How Much of Kid Time Should Involve Screens?
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