The Importance of Playtime
School recess is as an essential break from the rigors of concentrated difficulties in the classroom. But just as important is the fact that safe and well-supervised recess offers cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits that may not be fully appreciated or noticed. PE may just be seen as a time that children can “let off steam”. During the 1980’s with the program “No Child Left Behind”, schools found it necessary to cut back on recess time and have classroom time instead. Now this seems to be the norm in many schools around the country.
But all work and no play for kids does not set well with many parents — and teachers. PE is much more important to the health and well-being of all children. A strong PE program can help promote students to be active and healthy throughout their lifetime. In addition, studies have consistently shown that regular physical activity can:
- Reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease
- Increase self-esteem
- Help prevent obesity
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase test scores for school age children
- Enable students to learn/practice good character traits
Recess in reality is so much more than free time. This is a time when children learn how to interact together, to work as teams, to be social with one another, to create friendships, build character and so much more.
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