The Importance of Recess and Play by Ken Myers

Recess Increases Retention

  • Education is also enhanced by allowing time for recess and play. The American Academy of Pediatrics stated in the report The Crucial Role of Recess in School that children achieved optimal cognitive function when allowed periods of unstructured time between concentrated efforts of school work. These unstructured times made children more focused during lessons and helped them retain the information they learned in the classroom better than children that simply switched from one subject to another without an opportunity for recess. Recess provides a reset button for children to move their bodies and restart their minds.
    Recess and play are important pieces of a child’s social and physical development; however, both are being sadly neglected in some schools. The CDC reports that in 2010, 89% of schools provided some form of recess, but like physical education, these initiatives are being pushed back in favor of passing standardized tests and the lack of adequate staff and space. Developing a child’s body and mind is essential for producing productive, healthy adults. Recess and play have an important role in that development.

Ken Myers

  • Ken is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.
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