So it drives me crazy when I hear that people want to get rid of recess. Our kids are not machines, they can't sit in a classroom all day for 6 hours and be expected to learn. I wish someone would have done a study to see if ADD/ADHD cases increased with the discontinuation of recesses (most school divisions are down to one/ two recesses a day if you count lunch recess, lunch is even down to 40 minutes not an hour) I have no proof, but I truly believe that taking away recesses will be detrimental to our kids health, and sanity. Kids not liking school now will be nothing if we send them off to a place where they no longer get unstructured play.
Unstructured play is so Important to children's development. It helps them develop self esteem, self confidence, and helps them to figure out their social circle. Kids make friends and relationships when the adults are not forcing them to do something. For those learners who are kinaesthetic learners recess is a great time for them to move which helps their brains process what they've learned. There is a lot of passive learning that happens when children play, and children remember their own discoveries far more than the "discoveries" from structured lessons.
Consider the first three years of your child's life. There was no formal schooling you as a parent taught your child everything they know. But even that is an overstatement, babies learn to do things by watching and trying new things. I didn't teach my baby to crawl, I did not move his legs and arms, yet somehow he figured it out. I didn't teach him how to go from laying down to sitting up and yet he learned that too. I did work with him on how to talk, but again lot's of passive learning occurs when baby's learn to talk. They learn speech patterns from listening to adults and older children talk, from listening to stories, from listening to music, but lot's of their learning occurs as they try new things and we encourage them. Lot's of the way your child learns is through play, you play peek a boo, patty cake, the near far game. All those things are games you play with your child to make them smile, but at the same time they are learning many different things. Play is so important, so very important!!!
I beg of you, if you hear that your school division wants to cut out recess, go to the school board and tell them you will not support that! Do it for your children!! Do it for the teachers!! And if they are saying they are struggling to meet all the learning objectives because of time constraint, have the re-evalute the curriculum, the curriculum is so much more in depth then it ever was when I was a kid. (one of my learning objectives in kindergarten was to learn to tie my shoes, we practiced in kindergarten, they don't do that anymore, I was supposed to be able to recognize my name in kindergarten and know my alphabet, they learn to read in kindergarten now) I'd as soon say we as parents come back to the school divisions and ask them to give our kids more recess. I'd love for a school division to try it even for one year to see if there is a difference, I believe there would be and I believe it would be a positive difference because I think the kids would be more focused!!
Ok I'll get off my soap box for now, but this isn't a dead issue for me, this is something I'm very passionate about.