Posted on January 30

Rough and Tumble Play – Develops Strong & Capable Children

Angela Hanscom

Angela Hanscom

By Angela Hanscom Three young boys and two girls scramble up a large dirt hill, almost in unison. One boy gets to the top first and screams, “King of the hill!” Another child laughs and playfully pushes the boy aside, “No. I’m king of the hill!” Each child takes a turn trying to be king […]

Posted on April 18

The Case For Recess – Why We Need to Bring Back Free Play

Angela Hanscom

Angela Hanscom

By Angela Hanscom Are children’s physical and mental health and recess related? You bet. Recess is important. It’s the opportunity for children to move their bodies, make new friends, and jump into imaginary worlds. If done correctly, recess can be an invaluable component to fostering healthy child development and creativity at the same time. However, […]

Posted on April 14

Sample Letter to Superintendents – The Case for Recess

Angela Hanscom

Angela Hanscom

By Angela Hanscom Sometimes we forget the role that recess plays in developing young minds and bodies. Schools are busy places, and teachers are busy people, so it’s not surprising that recess is often the first thing to get cut or taken away as a form of punishment. In order to offer sensory-rich recess opportunities, […]

Posted on March 30

Why Walking Laps at Recess Time Isn’t a Good Idea

Angela Hanscom

Angela Hanscom

By Angela Hanscom I was in the middle of feeding my baby boy, when the phone rang. “I need your help,” the person on the other line said. It was an old friend of mine. “Our school is making it mandatory that the children walk laps during recess time.” She went on to tell me […]

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