Rhode Island’s New Law Mandates Recess for Kids

Published by EducationNews.org — Apparently we need the states to step in to prevent the disappearance of playtime in school. Ask adults what their favorite subject in grade school was and often you’ll get “recess.”  Yes of course, they also liked the science of erupting volcanoes, reading intriguing stories, and hopefully much more.  But young bodies needsContinue reading “Rhode Island’s New Law Mandates Recess for Kids”

Restore Kindergarten to Boost Social Skills

Published by EducationNews.org — What’s most fun for young kids is also what best prepares them for success.  So why are schools eliminating playtime? Picture wriggly, shrieky, busy 5-year-olds exploring the kindergarten play yard’s treasures.  The sandbox brims with budding builders, diggers, landscape designers.  Some kids need mostly to run and scream.  Others settle intoContinue reading “Restore Kindergarten to Boost Social Skills”

Refuel Kids’ Attention with Short Movement Breaks

Published by EducationNews.org — It makes no sense to take dynamic young bodies and insist they sit still for hours at a stretch. In a technology class at the International Charter School (ICS) in Pawtucket, RI, second and third graders are learning to change fonts on their laptops.  They look droopy, so I ask how theyContinue reading “Refuel Kids’ Attention with Short Movement Breaks”

Schools Can Learn from Researchers’ Rat Park

Published by EducationNews.org — You want kids off drugs?  Give them places where they can run, swing, discover and have a blast with friends. British journalist Johann Hari definitely upended my assumptions in his piece The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think. Hari’s long personal relationship with addictsContinue reading “Schools Can Learn from Researchers’ Rat Park”

Only 1 in 12 Kids Has Normal Balance and Core Strength

Published by EducationNews.org — Children are constantly in an upright position these days.  They’re not moving nearly enough, and that’s a problem. Angela Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist.  A very worried occupational therapist. And who are they, anyway?  These therapists help kids (and adults) get over or mitigate the barriers to daily occupations —Continue reading “Only 1 in 12 Kids Has Normal Balance and Core Strength”

We’re Crippling Our Kids with Fear

Published by EducationNews.org — What I hear us saying to the kids is:  “The world is terrifying and you can’t handle it, so we’ll protect you.” While hiking in the Finger Lakes region, I watched as a three-year-old did a major face plant on a stone path.  Fellow hikers gasped with horrified “Oh, no!”s and wereContinue reading “We’re Crippling Our Kids with Fear”

The Inspirational Virtues of Summer Boredom

Published by EducationNews.org — “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker A 2013 review of the literature published by Behavior Sciences concludes that boredom motivates a desire for change, new goals, experiences and pursuits.  “Boredom increases opportunities to attain social, cognitive, emotional and experiential stimulation that could have been missed.”  — OnContinue reading “The Inspirational Virtues of Summer Boredom”

It Takes Guts To Depict A Healthy, Happy Childhood

Published by EducationNews.org — This film’s 1950s vision of heaven for children’s play is as relevant today as it was when it was made. Medieval storytellers and play-masters always faced the huge problem that Evil was so much more fun to portray than Good.  Devils often made their entrance from the back of the audience,Continue reading “It Takes Guts To Depict A Healthy, Happy Childhood”

Stranded in the Land of Over-Stimulated Kids

Published by EducationNews.org —  Sometimes the grand adventure of making fun family memories turns to trauma. My husband and I were supposed to transfer planes on January 5th, just after a storm and before the super-freeze — a fatefully bad day for travel.  The Orlando airport teemed with children, which is not surprising since it’s theContinue reading “Stranded in the Land of Over-Stimulated Kids”

Toys ‘R’ Us Uses Kids to Push Their Products

Published by EducationNews.org — The toy corporations mocks environmental education to make a profit. Here’s a painfully-clear portrait of our post-moral culture: A recently-released advertisement uses real kids, not actors, to deliver the message that Nature is deadly dull and that over-priced, made-in-Elsewhere consumerist toys bring true joy. The kick-off to Toys”R”Us’ holiday season isContinue reading “Toys ‘R’ Us Uses Kids to Push Their Products”