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When it comes to school recess, a quality playground experience matters

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Recess periods can offer physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits to elementary school children, but those benefits are tied closely to the quality of the playground experience. Playground safety, access to play equipment, peer conflict resolution and quality engagement between adults and students are among the factors that contribute to a quality recess experience, new research from Oregon State University shows.” (more)

Play Has Indirect Benefits for STEM Ed

STEAM Universe – Joshua Bolkan

“A new report from the Toy Association aims to bring the fun into STEM education while dispelling a few myths. The report, “Decoding STEM/STEAM,” examines common myths related to STEM education, such as the idea that being good at math is an in-born quality, that students must be highly proficient in math to explore other areas of STEM, that memorization is a central part of STEM careers or that only white men are welcomed into STEM fields as professionals.” (more)

Be An Advocate For Play

Education World – Dr. Tisha Shipley

“As early childhood professionals, we each have a philosophy on teaching, classroom management, family engagement and curriculum to name only a few. Starting today, we must make sure, that if our philosophies don’t already include play, that we begin developing that vital part of our teaching philosophy. We must be advocates for young children, and that means pushing for and doing what is best for each individual child. We must advocate for more developmentally appropriate practices, play curriculum, teaching on their developmental level and differentiating for all learners.” (more)

Britain playgrounds: learning to accept risk, and occasional ‘owie’

The Seattle Times – Ellen Barry

“Educators in Britain, after decades spent in a collective effort to minimize risk, are now, cautiously, getting into the business of providing it. Four years ago, for instance, teachers at the Richmond Avenue Primary and Nursery School looked critically around their campus and set about, as one of them put it, “bringing in risk.” Out went the plastic playhouses and in came the dicey stuff: stacks of two-by-fours, crates and loose bricks. The schoolyard got a mud pit, a tire swing, log stumps and workbenches with hammers and saws.” (more)

Yet another reason to tell your kids to go outside and play

Medical X-Press – Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie

“Parents worry about how much time their kids are spending in front of screens, but are they worried for the right reasons? According to an Australian industry study from March 2017, the top concerns that parents have about their kids spending too much time in front of the screen are online predators, bullying, being hacked and exposure to sexual and violent content. But new research is suggesting that there are also serious health concerns related to too much screen use by young people, in particular, young children.”(more)

Less plastic, more trees: New effort seeks to reinvent preschool playgrounds and capture kids’ imaginations

Chalk Beat – Ann Schimke

“The idea is to create outdoor spaces that capture kids’ imagination, connect them with nature and keep them active in every season. Such efforts grow out of a recognition in the education field that healthy habits start early and boost learning. Step by Step staff members had talked many times about their stagnant play space. But it was hard to envision anything different until they attended a design workshop with experts from ECHO, a partnership between the National Wildlife Federation, Qualistar Colorado and the Natural Learning Initiative at North Carolina State University.”(more)