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”

Time, the Most Valuable Currency in the School Day

Published by EducationNews.org — Setting aside downtime helps nurture the skills that let kids be successful. Last week we marveled over what the International Charter School (ICS) in Pawtucket, RI could do by investing one minute of class time here and there with “energizers.”  But while a one-minute pick-me-up freshens kids’ ability to learn, what on earth wouldContinue reading “Time, the Most Valuable Currency in the School Day”

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”

School Recess Is Good For Kids’ Mental Health

Published by EducationNews.org — Pediatricians, among others, believe that recess has a critical role in the school day. Three years ago, prior to enrolling her son in the middle school, Phyllis Penhallow often had reason to be at the school just as lunch was over. “I’d pull up, park, and the doors to the cafeteriaContinue reading “School Recess Is Good For Kids’ Mental Health”