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Slice of Life: Do You Play for 60 Minutes Each Day? #SOL18

We spend a lot of time in different schools.  When a display stops us in our tracks we take note!

It’s not a food pyramid it is an activity pyramid.  A sign in a school that asserts moving is important is not something we see or a message we hear most days.  More often we experience shortened recess, kids being asked to sit still, and physical education being cut to once per week.  Research overwhelmingly demonstrates the importance of movement for learning.  It only makes sense we teach our students why movement matters just as we do with food choices.

While we are all for movement and activity, we have to admit they had us at play.  What a great question?  We think each of us needs to ask this question every day.  It is about more than moving – it implies it is important to have fun, explore, connect, experiment, be creative, be engaged and experience joy.  We think telling kids they have to play for sixty minutes for their health is brilliant!

We don’t know about you, but we plan on taking this advice.  How would you spend your 60 minutes of play?

And now … the winners of last week’s giveaway are Alice Nine and Sarah E. Parker.  Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite local authors and illustrators – we added to our TBR stack for sure!

Thank you to StaceyBetsyBethKathleenDebMelanie, and Lanny for creating this community and providing this space for teachers and others to share their stories every day in March and on Tuesdays throughout the year.

9 Comments
  • Chris Margocs
    Posted at 10:15h, 15 May Reply

    I was drawn to your post today, as I went through my own personal struggles with defining “play” for myself not so long ago; I knew I was lacking in the play department and needed it for balance in my life. I’m still working on it! We are trying to incorporate it more into our school as well, though more in the creative sense than outdoor play.

  • Sarah E Parker
    Posted at 11:45h, 15 May Reply

    I am so excited to see this post. It reminds me how important it is to bring play into the classroom. As we come to the end of the school year, isn’t it important for us to remember we need to teach our kids how to play? We also need to help them transition into the summer by finding ways to spend their free time somewhere else than in front of the screen. Thanks for this reminder.

  • Erika Victor
    Posted at 11:46h, 15 May Reply

    Great post (and great find)! I am trying to be conscious of adding more play to my day- in and out of school.

  • Lisa Corbett
    Posted at 20:39h, 15 May Reply

    It is amazing how sedentary I can become over the winter! This is a good reminder that I need to be moving more. Both of my children gave me Mother’s Day projects that said, “I love my mom because she takes me to the park!” But I say no to the park much more often then we actually go because I think I am too busy. It is a reminder to me to make time to do that with them. (They’ve used “mom guilt” against me!)

  • Susan Kennedy
    Posted at 21:48h, 15 May Reply

    Definitely need more playing.

  • Christie Wyman
    Posted at 23:20h, 15 May Reply

    I’ve really dug my heels in about keeping choice time (we call it Genius Hour in my classroom), Clare. It really is sad that choice time, PE, and recess and falling by the wayside in so many districts when there is so much research available telling us how powerful they are for learning! Last year we added before school recess for 15 minutes and it’s amazing how many kids turn up! Bravo to whichever school you were visiting and saw this! Many thanks for sharing!

  • Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 23:26h, 15 May Reply

    You are really challenging me this week with this post. It is so easy to be set on my to do list and forget about play and fun. You have encouraged me to add more play starting now. Thank you!
    And how cool is that sign in a school! What an incredible message to that school community!

  • Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 00:59h, 16 May Reply

    Love reminding all of us of the importance of play. In today’s paper, there was a story about a Yale professor who is teaching a class on happiness and unexpectedly canceled class just before midterms, telling students they had to do something that made them HAPPY–not study, not work. Just the intention of happiness. It reminds me of this bulletin board. I have to do a better job making sure play is part of my day!

  • Stacey
    Posted at 01:48h, 16 May Reply

    I make time to exercise (which feels like play — sometimes) every day. It’s my opportunity to get away from everything and do something for myself. And that is important!

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