Why Recess Is Essential
As you think about what you want your kid’s school year to look like, keep in mind one essential: recess. Yes, it’s not just good, but essential. And there are lots of reasons why.
In fact, studies have documented multiple benefits. One report identified a number of specific benefits of recess including:
- Less Bullying
- More Vigorous Physical Activity
- Better Readiness For Learning
These specific findings highlight the broader deliverables of recess.
- It gives kids more opportunities for unstructured interaction – which leads to better social integration and cooperative play
- It ensures that kids get in some dedicated physical play time – which not only helps to combat the obesity crisis but also nurtures motor skills which have been shown to support cognitive development
- It allows kids the breaks they need during their long day to do what they need to do (run around and burn off some energy) – which allows their brains the time and space to be focused and engaged as they transition back to the classroom
We live in an age where we are concerned with making education as rigorous and productive as possible. Given that, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that one of the best ways to give kids a platform for daily learning is to make sure they have time for recess.
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