Children with more recess in school behave better and are likely to learn more.
A recent study of approximately 11,000 third graders, published in Pediatrics, found that a break of 15 minutes or more in the school day may play a role in improving learning, social development, and health in elementary school children.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, unstructured play is a building block for keeping kids healthy. More than just physical exercise, it helps them reach important emotional, social and cognitive developmental milestones. "Free play" also helps children learn the life skills of stress management and resiliency.
While most school children do have school recess, the number and length of sessions has been on the decline in recent decades, dropping approximately 12 hours per week of free time since the 1970s.
For optimal health and well-being, make sure your child's school day includes recess.
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