Rethinking recess is critical
I was glad to read that at the recent school board meeting there was public participation requesting the school board to consider increasing the time allotted for elementary school recess.
I have a child in a Carmel/Clay elementary school and was surprised when I learned that all CCS elementary school children (grades K-5) only receive a 15-minute recess. I do not feel that it is an adequate amount of time for recess. Recess was important for me as a child – it allowed me to release extra energy and “blow off steam.” It allowed me to develop strong friendships, and it allowed me to learn important life skills such as cooperation, negotiation and problem solving.
But more importantly, recess allowed me to be a child. Our kiddos deserve to be children also. Giving the children more time at recess also will allow them to recharge their concentration and focus so they are once again ready to learn in the classroom maintaining Carmel’s high academic standards.
Let’s experience excellence, explore opportunities and realize potential by recognizing the needs of our children, supporting more time at recess and voicing our concerns to the school board.