Recess Makes Kids Smarter

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No wonder the teacher looked at me like I was nuts. I actually asked her if the kids were going outside for recess, considering how cold it was that day. She shook her head yes, like "Yes, and please don't ask if they can stay inside."



Turns out, according to a study published in Pediatrics, school children who receive more recess behave better and are likely to learn more. In fact, a break of just 15 minutes or more during school hours may play a role in improving learning, social development, and health in elementary school children.

The study looked at data on approximately 11,000 third-graders. (Can you imagine?!) The children, ages 8 to 9,  and were divided into two categories: those with no or minimal recess (less than 15 minutes a day) and those with more than 15 minutes a day. There were an equal number of boys and girls. The children’s classroom behavior was assessed by their teachers using a questionnaire.

They found that free, unstructured play is essential for keeping children healthy, and for helping them reach important social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones. Unstructured play also helps kids manage stress and become resilient.

I think all of that means when they come back inside they calm their butts down. Now I know never to ask silly questions.

Do your kids have recess everyday?

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