Dress children in safe play clothes. Avoid scarves, hood drawstrings and necklaces that can get caught on play equipment causing major injuries.
EDUCATIONAL WINTER BREAK ACTIVITIES #1: BOOKSTORES
An educational present that kids enjoy are gift cards to bookstores. These allow the child to choose what interests them. Even kids that usually hate reading will be able to find something they enjoy and will want to read.
The following is a new policy statement regarding the importance of recess for students released in the January 2013 issue of Pediatrics: The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics
“Recess is at the heart of a vigorous debate over the role of schools in promoting the optimal development of the whole child. A growing trend toward reallocating time in school to accentuate the more academic subjects has put this important facet of a child’s school day at risk. Recess serves as a necessary break from the rigors of concentrated, academic challenges in the classroom. But equally important is the fact that safe and well-supervised recess offers cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits that may not be fully appreciated when a decision is made to diminish it. Recess is unique from, and a complement to, physical education—not a substitute for it. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons.”
Do you agree or disagree? Why? Let us know.
Children that have 20 minutes per day of unstructured exercise (recess) show improved test scores. Don’t let your school cut out recess periods. Recess is more important than one might think think.