Playing outside in warm clothing, using sleds and snow toys--with follow-up hot chocolate-- represented a special treat to the children at Palmer Park Academy in Detroit, courtesy of a dedicated teacher and her kind-hearted friends and colleagues. But--the children in her class deserve free play and a refreshing drink every day, year-round, as part of best pedagogical practice for very young children. The research on this is iron-clad.
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February 13, 2015
November 07, 2014
Recess returns to elementary schools in Lake County, Fla., after parents protest the lack of unstructured playtime for their children.
October 23, 2014
A Washington state school district has removed swings from its playgrounds, hoping to improve safety during playtime.
September 23, 2014
Among both boys and girls, physical activity during recess in 1st grade was directly correlated to reading fluency through 1st and 2nd grades.
August 29, 2014
Schools can reduce stress simply by allowing children to play in green spaces, instead of only focusing on teaching children how to cope with stress.
May 21, 2014
Eleven Seattle schools schedule only 20 minutes or less for recess each day, according to KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio.
March 17, 2014
How children play is endlessly fascinating to educators, but how do children themselves think about play?
March 12, 2014
A Commentary in a recent issue of Education Week makes the case that increasing playtime in schools will help improve students' focus and academic performance while cutting back on behavior issues.
March 11, 2014
A new book by Anna R. Beresin examines play, recess, and creativity from several angles.
March 04, 2014
In Finland, a 1st grader spends 4.5 hours a day in school, 1.5 hours of which are devoted to "unstructured outdoor play."