The Benefits of Recess are Proven-- So Why are Teachers Taking it Away?

When it comes to classroom discipline, each school has its own set of rules—but a universally popular response to misbehavior is to prohibit kids from participating in recess. The problem is that a large body of research has shown recess benefits kids’ mental and physical health. So when that time to play and enjoy fresh air is stripped away as a disciplinary tactic, the consequences may be worse than intended. (Life)

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Unstructured play is critical for kids + their brain development—set them free with these great toy options

Unstructured play is play without predetermined rules of the game. There are no organized teams, uniforms, coaches or trainers. It is spontaneous, often made-up on the spot, and changeable as the day goes on. It is the kind of play you see when puppies chase each other around a yard in endless circles or a group of kids play for hours in a fort they created out of old packing boxes. (Motherly)

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10 reasons kindergarteners need play + social skills—more than academics

What do you remember about kindergarten? I remember the adventure of riding the bus.I remember my teacher. And—most of all—I remember playing. Unfortunately,  research indicates  kindergarten has become more academically focused at the expense of play in recent years. (Motherly)

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GrowFit Kid's Joke of the Week

Q: What is a cheerleaders favorite food?

A: Cheerios!