Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Keep Pushing the Outdoor Boundaries

It's hard enough to get kids to want to break away from the computer and video games and go outdoors, so don't let your child's school also become a culprit. As your child goes back to school, read over the schedule to make sure your child is getting recess. Recess is not only an important way to develop social skills and use up pent up energy but also recess gets your child outdoors and ideally into greenscape. This has been proven to improve your child's health, happiness, and ability to focus and pay attention.

If your child's school needs to be nudged back to providing quality recess, you can hook up with the International Play Association is a resource for you, as well as the The National Association for the Education of Young Children, and The National Association for Sport and Physical Education. These organizations not only have resources on their websites but also you can call them and ask for assistance and ideas.

Cartoon Network also has a Rescuing Recess program you can check out.

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