The American Academy of Pediatrics says recess is really necessary. CONCUR!

Recess is Important

I agree 10,00000000000% (maybe I should have spent more time in math understanding percentages).  Recess is SO IMPORTANT – think back on your life and how valuable that break was to you. I know we have a lot to cover, but if it’s low quality because the kids need a break and aren’t paying attention, then it’s not really helping. 

Giving the kids an unstructured short break outside gives them a way to decompress, learn social skills, be creative, get some sensory motor input, and more. Our schools have a 15 minute morning recess and a 15 minute lunch recess and I am very glad they do. It helps the students self-regulate and get back to class ready to learn. 
Jan 02, 2013 | Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: none