Why Your Child Needs Recess

Recess is more than just playtime. It’s a necessary part of the school day that benefits nearly every aspect of child development, from physical activity to social, emotional, and intellectual development.

In a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it was found that withholding recess as a punishment for bad behavior or eliminating recess can negatively affect academic achievement in students. For children at nearly every level, it’s an integral element of the education system that shouldn’t be denied.

If you need evidence of the importance of play and recess, consider these points:

Recess gives students a much-needed break

Students tend to learn better when their studies and activities are distributed rather than concentrated. A student who is forced to work straight through on one piece of homework or subject might not process the information as effectively as another student who has been allowed an unstructured break.

Students are more focused on their work after recess

A break for unstructured playtime positively improves a student’s dedication and interest in learning. After a break, their brains are refreshed and ready to take in more knowledge. Plus, at recess, students will have the opportunity to cast off any nervous energy or fidgeting through physical activity. For children suffering from attention deficit disorders, recess is a great outlet.

Recess helps kids develop social skills

Unstructured social time without the distraction of technology is becoming more and more unusual these days, which is why recess is additionally valuable. It’s the one time of day where children are encouraged to socialize with each other and build friendships, and to communicate and resolve problems in their own way. These skills are important as children grow older.

Sunshine and exercise is good for the brain

If it sounds obvious, it is: Sunshine carries vitamin D, which makes the brain sharper and increases academic learning and productivity. Plus, not only does physical activity help to stave off childhood obesity, but it feeds the brain. The more active the body is, the better the brain works — which results in better academic performances and an interest in learning.

Calvary Lutheran School has your child’s cognitive development and happiness in mind. We focus on nurturing children academically, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially. Contact us at 816-595-4020 to schedule a tour and learn more about our academic program.