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The Importance of Recess and What Happened to It?

Why Recess is Important

I went to my elementary school’s curriculum night last week and my youngest has the most incredible first grade teacher. I know because my middle child had her for two years.  We were lucky enough to loop with her for first and second grade. You can tell how organized my son’s teacher is: she passed out a packet of handouts including a detailed schedule laid out in half hour blocks for each day of the week of what her kids do all week. I had to raise my hand and ask about recess because … ummm…. it wasn’t on the schedule. Read more…

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12 Surprising Benefits of Play by parenting guru Dr. Michele Borba

The Importance and Benefits of Play for Kids

I met Dr. Borba on Twitter and she’s my “go to” for all things parenting and education including cyberbullying & bullying, special education, and hot button issues including biting, tantrums, cheating, bad friends, inappropriate clothing, sex, drugs, peer pressure, etc. What is different about Dr. Borba from other parenting and education experts is that she’s grounded in the real world talking constantly to parents about the issues they face every day. Read more…

Recess Essential to Kindergartener Development

Kids Need Recess Especially in Kindergarten

What is Kindergarten supposed to look like:  preschool or first-grade?  Do you question your kindergarten curriculum?  The research is pointing to the importance of play as the core curriculum for kindergarten.  This is not to say that kindergarten can’t have “academics” woven throughout, but play is essential for young children to develop and outdoor time is precious and important time.  And then if you think of Emotional Intelligence … that socialization skills that are the most accurate predictor for success as an adult and that book, Everything I Know, I Learned in Kindergarten (or in the Sandbox?? You know which book I’m talking about, right?), then it all starts to make sense. Read more…