When we first observe school yards filled with children at recess the noise and movement is astounding. So much activity! We hear laughter. We see play. We see children run. Usually there are several pairs of children walking the perimeter. For these students, recess is fun. Recess is a break. Recess is the opportunity to let loose. Recess is a time to de-compress, to breathe deeply.
But when we look closer we see another layer of activity. There are various children
- who are constantly in fights
- who are not welcome in games
- who prefer the quiet at the building's corners to the games of peers
Even children who are socially strong and emotionally resilient may find themselves stressed by challenges at recess. What if a peer rejects them? What if the group turns on them? What if the only recess-friend is sick?
How can we help children who are struggling at recess survive and thrive?
So then I ... recess strategies to survive and thrive at school offers explicit strategies for young students at recess. Young readers can relate to the common stressors, and solutions, explored. Tips for adults at the back of the book highlight key pieces for support. The "how to" section of the book gives ideas for explicit instruction.
As one reader wrote:
This book on recess strategies for children to survive and thrive is AMAZING!
Recess is perhaps for many the most challenging and daunting time of the day.
What a great resource for teachers to do a read-aloud with their children, and then discuss the strategies children can use at recess. Children could work in groups and come up with some of their own strategies in a given situation. Groups can present to the class and place the charts around the classroom. Congratulations!
Madeline Delorey, just-retired educator of 25 years
So when we drive by a crowded playground, we can look closer. The children who are having the hardest times deserve our second look. They need our support most of all.
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