When I was a child, my favorite portion of the day was not recess. It was, instead, reading. I would have preferred to stay in the school library than go out to the playground where other girls skillfully jump-roped while I pretended to perpetually tie my shoe. What I loved most about recess was hearing the bell sound for school to begin again.
Now that I'm a homeschooling mom, recess is my favorite 'subject'. Although it's good enough to let the kids stretch, visit, and soak in Vitamin D, we'll often linger outside, so I'll mix a little bit of nature study or biology class or p.e. class into it. As the Co-Chief in Charge of All Familial Things, I can make recess what I want: always fun, always an adventure, and never ever including jump rope. The photo above is of our children enjoying recess the way we like to enjoy it.
Sadly, schools are decreasing the amount of time children spend on recess. In the past twenty years, children have lost an average of 8 hours of recess a week. Danimals Rally for Recess is a national initiative designed to create healthy competition, pitting school against school. Go to Danimals Rally for Recess for a chance to win $20,000 for your Elementary school playground. Plus each day Danimals is giving recess-related prizes to keep kids healthy and active. Share your Recess memories below and go to Rally for Recess for more information on how your school can win!
p.s. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Danimals. The opinions, text and photo are all mine. Contest Rules.