All school, no play? Kidslearning suffers without recess. Power point :by Tianna Ciasse
Why playtime mattersDont underestimate childs play. It may looklike leisure time, but when children are playinghouse, fighting imaginary dragons or organizinga game of hopscotch, theyre actuallydeveloping critical life skills and preparing theirbrains for the challenges of adulthood.
Top 5 Benefits of Play • Better behavior • Playing for the team • Lets move • Learning boost • Its fun
Better behaviorTaking recess away from schoolchildren as punishment might becounterproductive. According to a 2009 study in the journalPediatrics, kids behave better in the classroom when they havethe chance to blow off steam on the playground during the day.Researchers compared teacher ratings of 8- and 9-year-oldsbehavior in schools with and without recess periods.The kids who had more than 15 minutes a day of breaks behavedbetter during academic time. Unfortunately, 30 percent of themore than 10,000 children in the study had no recess or less than15 minutes of recess each day.
Playing for the teamPlay teaches kids to play nice. Research published inthe Early Childhood Education Journal in 2007revealed that both free play and adult-guided playcan help preschoolers learn awareness of otherpeoples feelings.Playing also teaches kids to regulate their ownemotions, a skill that serves them well as they movethrough life.“You get to try things out with no consequences,” saidKathy Hirsch-Pasek, a child development psychologistat Temple University, who researches the benefits ofplay.
Lets moveTree-climbing, foursquare and even a round ofdress-up get kids moving much more thantelevision or computer-game time. The AmericanHeart Association recommends that children overthe age of 2 engage in at least an hour a day ofmoderate, enjoyable physical activity.Theres evidence that active children grow intoactive adults, thus decreasing their risk of heartdisease and other scourges of a sedentary lifestyle. One study published in 2005 in the AmericanJournal of Preventative Medicine followed citizensover 21 years and found that the most active 9- to18-year-olds later remained highly active later in
Learning boostReading, writing, arithmetic and … recess? A2009 study in the Journal of School Healthfound that the more physical activity testschildren can pass, the more likely they areto do well on academic tests. That suggestsunrelenting classroom time may not be thebest way to improve test scores andlearning.Children learn to count when theyre doinghopscotch. They learn about numbers whentheyre playing stickball, and believe it theyknow which team is ahead. They are tellingstories on the playground, and theyregetting active.
Its funAll work and no play really does make a childa dull boy/girl. Play is a natural state ofchildhood. Even animals play. University ofTennessee bio psychologist Gordon Burghardttold The Scientist magazine in 2010 that heseven observed turtles playing.Kids are more likely to come to school if theyget a recess/ breaks. Not only that, but recessextends the same freedom to children thatadults may take for granted.Adults get breaks, Kids need breaks, too.