All Blog Posts Tagged 'recess' (12)

A Vote in Favor of Recess

Read it and weep happy tears...

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 15, 2017 at 11:18am — No Comments

FACT: Children Need Recess

Kindergartners get into recess. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Atlanta pediatrician and parent Sarah Gard Lazarus has done a great service to the children of Atlanta with her opinion piece on recess …


Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 14, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Wait. Play at School Is a Good Thing?

This is one of the best videos I've seen that clearly shows the importance of natural play at schools. Take a look. It is from my friends at School Grounds UK. Maybe we can get something going in Atlanta to improve our playgrounds AND increase the amount of time students get to go outside and play during the day. I don't know what it is going to take to convince…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 30, 2012 at 10:29am — No Comments

Mrs. Jobs Was the Coolest Mom on the Block

The news broke recently just before dinnertime. Steve Jobs was resigning as CEO of Apple. Graphic artists, photographers, writers, artists, Mac-junkies, “computer nerds”, and lovers of beauty everywhere bowed their heads and sighed.  The great Master of Design (form AND function) was stepping down.


But, I’m not really here to talk about Steve. I was actually…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 1, 2011 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

ATOP Article on Recess in Atlanta Magazine

Check out my article "Play WIth a Purpose: Why Children Need Recess" in the January 2011 Atlanta Magazine issue on education.  I always say that recess and play aren't just fun and games.  They are essential components of a healthy childhood.  Click here for a link to the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 21, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Atlanta Needs More Recess

Atlanta's children need more recess and they need better recess. In 2011 we will launch Say YES To RECESS to help parents and schools work together to make Atlanta a place where every child gets recess every school day. Play is a critical part of a healthy childhood and a peaceful, organized and FUN recess is a critical part of every school day. We are looking for play…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 10, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Why Play?

The other day a documentary filmmaker asked me why I do the work I do. It's a question that you'd think I'd have a ready answer for, but I didn't.

Honestly, why is play so important to me? I know all the facts, theories and statistics about why play is important to people, but that's a different question entirely. I woke up with a start this morning at about 4:30 AM thinking about the question and a possible answer: play is a gift and it's a gift I want everyone to…

Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 13, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

New CDC Report Shows Georgia Falls Short on Recess and Parks

A new CDC report issued today reveals that Atlanta is not the only part of Georgia that needs parks and recess.

(Atlanta's "No Play Zones")

The State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2010 shows that:

- only 9.5% of…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 26, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How Can We Be Anti-Luddite AND Pro-Play?

David Elkind, professor emeritus of child development at Tufts University, has a great op-ed in today's New York Times called Playtime is Over. The best recess coaching program around? Playworks!

Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 28, 2010 at 10:34am — No Comments

What Is It About a Snow Day?

I've been so concerned about kids not playing outdoors anymore. I've been pondering how to change things, so I decided to look at when kids voluntarily dash outside. I've noticed two basic times: (1) when they are at school and it's time for recess, and (2) when it's snowing. Can you think of any others?…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 14, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

PlayWorks Program Decreases Playground Bullying...and more

Great article about the work of the wonderful organization, PlayWorks. They go into schools and teach kids how to play...yes, really! ... and resolve conflict, etc.

Suspensions have dropped from 300 to 40 at the school in this article.

Peaceful recesses become child's play

Playground bullying at schools has decreased

Thursday, December 10, 2009

By Mary… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 11, 2009 at 8:43am — No Comments

Children MUST Play at School

Is this boy playing or practicing for a brilliant future as a cinematographer?

Read this article from today's Washington Post about the importance of play in schools.

Some mind-blowing excerpts:

"A more recent study showed that certain kinds of fantasy play, in which students plan the roles they're going to… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 21, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

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