Has the fun been taken out of recess, playgrounds?

Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at ajcmomania@gmail.com.

Recess sure has changed since some of us were kids.

That once glorious time that allowed us to run free, climb, slide and explore our imaginations has become one filled with rules and regulations.

Andy and his son Ty.

Andy and his son Ty.

I knew recess is different now. I mean, we used to try to bean each other those red rubber balls in a game we called battle ball.

It resembled dodge ball in that Ben Stiller flick from a few years ago, but imagine it with about 20 excited third-graders on each side with what seemed like hundreds of red blurs flying at you from every angle.

One of Theresa’s loyal readers sent this link to a story on Shine.yahoo.com that shows just how much play has been taken from our kids’ playground.

Equipment doesn’t provide the challenges we overcame. All kinds of sports and activities have been banned from recess throughout the country. There’s no contact, no swings, no climbing. The reader who sent the link said her school district has banned tag and running at recess.

Basically, there’s no fun.

And it appears the kids are paying the price, according to Alex Gilliam, an architect, and other experts quoted in the piece and a New York Times article.

Moreover, while many parents worry that a bad fall could lead to a life-long fear of heights, the New York Times points out that the opposite is actually the case: Studies have shown that “a child who’s hurt in a fall before the age of 9 is less likely as a teenager to have a fear of heights.”

“Paradoxically, we posit that our fear of children being harmed by mostly harmless injuries may result in more fearful children and increased levels of psychopathology,” (Dr. Ellen) Sandseter and her colleague, psychologist Leif Kennair of the Norwegian University for Science and Technology, write in the journal Evolutionary Psychology.

Gilliam sums it up this way: “The whole notion of protecting kids has kind of backfired.”

He added: “We carp, as adults, all the time that we’ve lost our kids to video games, we’ve lost our kids to TV. Of course we have. We’ve made the world, the physical landscape, so boring to kids that of course a video game is going to feel more stimulating.”

What is off limits to the kids where you live?

Do you think recess has become too tame?

Have school districts gone too far?

- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog

77 comments Add your comment

djm_NC

July 25th, 2011
6:11 am

it baffles me, the parents who are wanting all these changes were once kids who had a lot more freedom when they were kids…why are they now saying the things they did as a kid are dangerous. have they forgotten how things were when they were kids-the fun things they did?

newblogger

July 25th, 2011
6:31 am

That sounds awful! Where on Earth are these schools that have taken the fun out of recess? At my school we have swings, slides monkey bars, basketball court and lots of room to just run around. I love to see the children play a pick up game of soccer or just chase each other. We have a few rules (no going UP the slide, no sitting on top of the monkey bars, no standing in the swings) but nothing that really keeps them from having fun. How sad for the children who go to schools where they can’t just run and play.

anon teacher

July 25th, 2011
7:22 am

No joke, at the school I teach at, we are not allowed to go outside. No recess. More time needs to be spent on academics. *sigh* It’s horrible.

motherjanegoose

July 25th, 2011
7:51 am

@ anon…I was just thinking WHAT recess and then I read your comment.

When I was still teaching, we had recess. If it was raining outside, we would go to the gym and instructed to play an organized game. Not me…I would bring in the balls, hula ( sp?) hoops etc. and put them on the floor…GO PLAY! As long as the kids were not hurting anyone else, they could run around and scream their heads off.

On the flip side, I remember being outside during HS and some kids would dash over to have a cigarette as they had to get over to the HS student smoking area. Pretty sure no on has that now.

motherjanegoose

July 25th, 2011
8:17 am

@ Andy…I read your reply to catlady. Thanks it has been fun! I have enjoyed the past few weeks with your take.

JJ

July 25th, 2011
8:20 am

I fell off the monkey bars in 3rd grade and had to go get stitches. Did my parents complain to the school – NO. Did they sue the school – NO. Did I get back on the monkey bars THE NEXT DAY, with 4 stitches in my chin – YES. If I was afraid of everything every time I got hurt, I would stay in the house. I’ve had stitches so many times from trampolines, bicycles, falling, slipping, swimming, etc. It’s made me the person I am today, and I am NOT a sissy. I can keep up with just about anyone anytime. It actually made me tougher.

No one WANTS their child to get hurt. But it happens. Let them fall. Let them pick themselves up. But this Nanny society we have become, you can’t let the kids have any fun anymore. There is no more recess, can’t have the kids making any kind of physical movement or contact. It’s so sad.

Today’s form of physical education is a computer.

homeschooler

July 25th, 2011
8:30 am

I know parents are overprotective now, but I don’t see that being the reason for the recess problem. The schools I know have very limited recess time. (15min a day). They have great playgrounds (I don’t know about the rules) the kids just don’t get much chance to play on them. My neice had a teacher in 3rd grade who would get angry at one child (usually the same child) and tell the whole class they couldn’t have recess because of that one child’s behavior. This happened 3-4 times a week.

When I was in elementary school (mid to late 70’s) we didn’t have recess, we had PE. We were occasionally allowed to run around free but almost everything was structured. I hated it. I remember my mom complaining about it.

I worked at a Montessori school while I was in college and we were supposed to make sure all the time outside was structured activity. Even when I was 19 yrs old, I thought this was ridiculous. The kids need a break…the TEACHERS need a break.

I don’t doubt it about the ridiculous rules. Schools are full of them. Can’t talk over a whisper in the lunch room, can’t talk on the bus. ALL the fun has been taken out of school. And people say that homeschool kids don’t get socialization.

I believe that all this over-controlling by parents and schools takes away any ability of the kids to make decisions for themselves. We are raising a generation of adults who are going to be constantly looking around for someone to tell them what to do next.

Jeff

July 25th, 2011
8:39 am

I’ve noticed that kids adapt very well and don’t see “restrictions” the same way we do as adults. As an adult, i have something to compare. But the kids don’t. They only know what they have experienced in their short life.

The times are different. Institutions (schools, hospitals, whatever) have to protect themselves against lawsuits by crazy people. When I look at it from that perspective, it makes sense.

Jeff

July 25th, 2011
8:46 am

BTW, thank you Andy for your contributions. I’ve enjoyed the change of pace that you’ve offered.

M1chelle

July 25th, 2011
8:48 am

Maybe this is why it seems like more parents enroll their kids in sports activities. My kids love to play outside with all of the neighbors’ kids. They ride bikes, play basketball, four square, dodgeball, or some game somebody makes up.

Ally

July 25th, 2011
8:59 am

The only restrictions at our elementary school is that they have a jungle gym set for the upper grades (3-5) and one for the lower grades (K-2). Really, I’m not sure why because when school is out, my little kids played just fine on the upper grade set.

The other thing that I wanted to point out is that there are very few see saws anymore. There were see saws at the school when I grew up and I hit my jaw, fell off, and got slammed down many times, but still enjoyed them. Or is it a sign of the times where kids are fat and they don’t want their feelings hurt? Not sure, but it’s sad.

Not sure if this is your last column or not, Andy, but I’ve also enjoyed your take and your writing. Best of luck to you!

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

July 25th, 2011
9:11 am

Andy,

We have allowed our school boards to acquiesce in the paranoia of effete school board attorneys who see potential lawsuits behind every slide, swing and baseball bat.

We didn’t become a great nation because we were paranoid. We won’t remain a great nation if we accept the advice of paranoid “leaders” on our school boards and among the attorneys who advise them.

Alecia

July 25th, 2011
9:17 am

I agree, recess has been diluted and kids are becoming afraid to take risks and are a lot less creative. Goal setting??? Well, the schools don’t believe in that on or off the playground. It just would not be PC if little Mary did better than little Susie. Also, organized play removes the chance for these kids to learn social skills. The new generation is too sucked into “the screens” and their social skills are pathetic. However, the schools are not the only culprit here. Kid’s environments have become so structured that their creativity has been sucked out of them. A few weeks ago my daughter had a friend over and it was perfect outside. However, they wanted to play video games and insisted on staying in the house. I placed a large pitcher of lemonade on the deck and had to lock the doors. It took them at least 30 minutes to come up with an activity. Unfortuntely,my daughter’s friend does not go outside at all and does not know how to ride a bike or do any outdoor activities. I found myself suggesting things(not good). Why do we have 8yr olds that cannot ride a bike? Anyway, I am the strange one that mysteriously disables the Wii, forces everyone to play outside and create their own activities.
Another thing that I find interesting today, is how the insurance companies handle injuries. An orthopedic recently told me that if my child is injured on someone else’s property, our medical insurance will try to make her friend’s homeowner’s policy pay before her medical policy kicks in. If my child is ever injured at someone else’s home, I want our insurance to pay. Has anyone been in this situation?

Black and White Smiley Faces ☺☻

July 25th, 2011
9:19 am

Let me guess: instead of going outside for healthy physical activity, eventually we’ll keep the kids inside for a forced group “sensitivity training.”

The world is a sad, sad place indeed.

I don’t like kids getting hurt, but that’s part of life. All the pansies I’ve ever known were those whose mommies protected them and didn’t have to really sweat a day in their life.

Guess who is successful & happy in life? And which people go to therapist for the next 20 years?

LET THE KIDS BE KIDS!

shaggy

July 25th, 2011
9:26 am

JJ,

Have you ever climbed? You sound like a natural for it. Yes, you do get beat up a bit, and can die, but the rewards are astounding.

As for this topic, I have given up on any change coming that will make any kind of difference for the masses. As long as the litigation lawyers are able to sue for practically anything – for practically any amount of money, the masses will remain dumbed down and weakened. Sad but true.
That is not to say that individuals can’t break away from the state of affairs, because quite a few have. They are considered nutcases, because they don’t quake in fear, or cry like little girls, at all of life’s perils; nay, they embrace them.

Here is a piece of news. All of our best research has confirmed that life is dangerous and always fatal. If that fact scares you, remain seated on the couch, with eyes gazing at the boob tube, munching on doritos by the bag full. If it doesn’t scare you, you will most likely live your life to the fullest, with adventure at every turn. it is really your choice.

fer

July 25th, 2011
9:27 am

PLAY — I won’t even go into the benefits of it; whole books have been written about it. I can’t imagine how awful it must be to be a kid and go to a school where there is no recess.

And as for injuries — I fell off the big seesaw (we had three sizes) at my elementary school, got the breath knocked out of me for the first time. It was really scary! Did I go right back on that seesaw the next day? You bet! In fact, I still think seesaws are cool. (They’re actually a simple machine, you know. Ah, learning physics in elementary school….)

JJ

July 25th, 2011
9:35 am

@Shaggy – No never climbed, I’m too afraid of heights. Even staying in a 8th floor condo and going on the balcony sends my stomach into my throat. I have a horrible fear of heights. Actually, I hear it’s a fear of falling, not the height. I admire anyone who can climb, but it’s not something I think I would enjoy. I’ll hike, but won’t climb….

ssidawg

July 25th, 2011
9:37 am

Seems like it would be better for kids academic development to have a break and go outside and blow off some steam and then more able to come back inside and learn some more.

Atlanta Native

July 25th, 2011
9:42 am

@dim Yep. These parents are the same ones who broke every rule at school while young, and now demand zero tolerance rules. These are the parents who did every drug under the sun and now want swift, stringent penalties applied to all (except their darlings). These are the parents who strived to win trophies, and now have completely devalued them by giving one to everyone.

Essentially, or world is now run by people who grew up free, learned what is right and wrong from old Norman Lear sit-coms and seem unable to look back and see the irony. In fact, these boomers who run our country now seem incapable of irony.

shaggy

July 25th, 2011
9:55 am

JJ,

Yes, I understand the fear of heights. I share that with you. I know that sounds strange and contradictory, bit it makes me a MUCH safer climber ;)
It is a super rush to confront that which scares you the most and conquer it.

BehindEnemyLines

July 25th, 2011
9:58 am

Given the popularity of lawsuits at the drop of a hat, I really can’t blame the schools one bit for a lot of the restrictions you describe. As a taxpayer the last thing I want to see money spent on would be paying settlements, even the legitimate ones that could have been minimized by necessary (however unfortunate) controls.

homeschooler

July 25th, 2011
10:01 am

All of this over controlling and rule making is creating a generation of adults who can’t and/or won’t think for themselves. The teenagers I know now have no social skills, look to mom and dad to make every decision, don’t want to drive and don’t have a clue how to get a job. They have been controlled from day one. I blame daycare as well. Many kids get freedom after school and in the summer or before they start school. Kids who start daycare at 6 weeks and go 365 days a year and then summers and afterschool are controlled every minute of every day of their childhoods. Then add in organized sports evenings and weekends. Sad. No wonder they can’t think for themselves.
When I was in elementary school (late 70’s) we had PE instead of recess and it was almost always structured. I hated it and I remember my mom complaining about it.
When I was in college I taught at a Montessori school and most of the outdoor time had to be structured. (This was for 3 and 4 yr old who were at “school” from 7am-6pm. The director always said that this is what the parents wanted. Even at 19 yrs old, I thought this was ridiculous.
Funny that people think that homeschooled children are the ones who get no socialization. I have yet to see what my kids are missing

homeschooler

July 25th, 2011
10:13 am

sorry for the duplicate comments. My 1st post didn’t post right away. Thought it was lost)

ATL........

July 25th, 2011
10:24 am

I think we need to go back to being old school parents. The schools need RECESS EVERYDAY. There are to many over weight kids with recess this would really help them out. We played Dodgeball, kickball and softball.
What happen to the REAL SWINGS, MONKEY BARS, SLIDING BOARDS kids run playing jumping rope and hula hoops.

These parents need to get a grip. Kids need to be kids, fall a get back up, break a arm or leg keep on moving,in my day we drank water out of the water hose, we rode bikes no helmets skates no helmets, and nothing happen. We learn from all our falls, bumps, broken arms and legs, To get up shake it off and keep on moving. I thank my parents everyday for giving me good direction and letting me fall so when I got back up I had better understanding.

Where is RECESS? WHAT DO THEY CALL RECESS NOW?

DB

July 25th, 2011
10:24 am

The whole culture is fearful — afraid to let their children play with neighbors unless the neighbors sign a full disclosure that there are no guns, liquor, drugs or DUIs in the household, and you can eat off the kitchen floor. Can’t let an 18 year old drink a beer, because they are not “responsible” — and yet the same 18 year old can be taught to be a warrior in the army — I guess driving a tank is less responsible than drinking a beer.

Kids need to play — they learn interpersonal skills, they get fresh air, they get exercise, and their brains get a BREAK. Frankly, I can’t really see that eliminating recess has done much for academic performance — maybe if they reinstated it, they might be surprised at the results.

Beck

July 25th, 2011
10:26 am

Every time after we have extended periods: finals, EOCTs, GHSGT, PSAT, etc. I take the kids outside just to walk around the school. (It’s a high school, no playground.) And the purpose of the walk is to get them moving and enjoy the fresh air, (b/c some of those kids would just plunk right down again once they get outside) and they LOVE it!!!!

The funniest thing is they act like I’m some kind of genius for getting them up and moving before we have class. They’re not accustomed to it to the degree that they think the opportunity to stretch and get fresh air is somehow revolutionary. That part makes me sad, but they’re so happy and so grateful they’ll do pretty much anything you ask academically and behaviorally after that.

Actually, JJ & Shagman...

July 25th, 2011
10:58 am

…it’s not the height or fall that scares me; in fact, the falling part is pretty cool. It’s the abrupt stop at the end of the height/fall that worries and scares me…

Tuckergirl

July 25th, 2011
11:10 am

When I was four, I remember taking a very bad fall off the neighbor kid’s swingset and having to be in the hospital for several days due to a concussion. It was my own fault, nobody else’s.

Did we sue the neighbor? No. Did I have a fear of swingsets forever after? No. A day after I got home I was back at it, albeit my Mom was watching a LOT more closely. And I had to go to an orthodontist for the next 22 years.

I miss seesaws, too. Pretty soon kids aren’t going to know what they even were, they are so rare.

Kids need to learn about taking risks, about getting outside of their comfort zone. It builds confidence and teaches lessons that books cannot.

Free play encourages imagination and requires a child to come up with their own games, their own adventures. Even if it’s turning a simple beach towel into a superhero cape and chasing their classmates.

Unfortunately, recess is becoming an endangered species at most schools. And that’s not good.

The Bald Eagle

July 25th, 2011
11:12 am

These kids are lucky. At the Atlanta Elementary school I used to work for, kids had no recess at all and PE only once a week for 30 minutes. Giving kids no outlet for their excess energy pretty much guarantees boredom and behavior problems in the classroom. Furthermore, it robs the children of valuable opportunities for physical and social development, increases obesity, and doesn’t allow them to simply enjoy being kids.

Andy Johnston

July 25th, 2011
11:13 am

I had realized that some school districts had done away completely with recess, PE or playground time, but didn’t know that others had put such harsh restrictions on running, playing, etc. I remember falling off the “monkey bars” when I was young and getting back up and trying them again until I could go all the way across.

Ty has been climbing, sliding, running and see-sawing at playgrounds all over our town for years, and I hope he’ll continue that in school.

LydiasDad

July 25th, 2011
11:32 am

I tell my kid that if she’s not getting any bruises or scrapes, she’s not having any fun. It’s pathetic what parents have allowed to happen in our schools these days. Halloween is called “Storybook Dress Up Day” at my kid’s elementary school for God’s sake.

RJ

July 25th, 2011
11:52 am

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had a kid tell me that their momma said they were gonna sue the school for something frivolous. It’s a sign of the times. School districts have to protect themselves. During the 90’s many schools ended recess. It has made a comeback, but there are restrictions. The restrictions are necessary. We have to write up every bump and bruise a kid gets while on the playground. It must be detailed. If not, who knows what one crazy parent will do.

My kids had a swing set when they were younger. Everyone in the neighborhood would come over and get on it. They loved that thing! I also took them to the local park and allowed them to jump around, and yes, get hurt. It comes with growing up. I remember my son coming in the house around the age of 5 with a huge bump on his head. When I asked him what happened, he said he didn’t remember. He was having so much fun riding his bike in front of the house with his friends, it didn’t seem all that important to come in and tell me. I put ice on it and went on with my day. Let them fall. Let them cry. They’ll get over it!

RJ

July 25th, 2011
11:54 am

@bald eagle, I worked at a school in APS that did the same thing. I remember when they got rid of playground equipment. Luckily my school now has it and the kids are allowed to enjoy it. All that testing mania is what brought it on. Hopefully things are about to change.

K Teacher

July 25th, 2011
11:57 am

I teach Kindergarten and each day after lunch, we’re supposed to give our students 15 minutes of unstructured “free time” outside. 15 minutes for a 5 year old to play is nothing. It’s not enough time for me to be outside so I know it’s not enough time for them. We’re told not to waste time that we should be on task so we’re supposed to get right back inside. I usually try to extend it at least to 30 minutes. ( I always feel like I have to sneak my class back inside for fear of getting caught being outside too long.) I feel so sorry for 1st-5th grades at our school. They never seem to get to go out unless they’re in PE (once a week). From my experience, if children don’t get a chance to run out some of their energy, they’re not going to be able to focus on their work. I think we’d be seeing a lot less children exhibiting signs of ADHD and dealing with fewer discipline problems if they could just run around more and get rid of their excess energy.

Reality

July 25th, 2011
12:00 pm

Most government school playyards are so covered with trailers the playground is gone.

No recess to burn off that extra energy? No problem – that’s what Ritalin is for. See, Government creates problems and their friends in BigPharma create solutions. One hand washes the other. Gotta love Corporate Capitalism – this certainly isn’t the free market.

MomsRule

July 25th, 2011
12:01 pm

I think there is a direct correlation between the lack of physical activity during the school day and the number of kids being drugged so that they keep still and quiet (ADD/ADHD) in the classroom.

Bob

July 25th, 2011
12:06 pm

Another reason to homeschool. I commented to my wife this morning while watching my children play rough and tumble and having a blast, learning to compete, struggle, overcome, deal with disappointment and be gracious in victory that I could not imagine what kind of people they would have turned out to be had they been in the governmental straitjacket. I probably wouldn’t even recognize the zombies they would have become. And that makes me sad for others, and for our state.

Grant Parker

July 25th, 2011
12:10 pm

We over-protect our children these days, and what will that create? A generation of people who are afraid. It starts in the playground, folks; let your children be children.

JJ

July 25th, 2011
12:11 pm

I fell off the neighbors trampoline. Landed on cement. Broke my arm so bad, they had to do surgery and put pins in my elbow to put it back in place. Did my parents sue the owners? NO. Did the ask for the trampoline to be removed? – NO. They took care of me and I learned to be more careful when jumping. And we all stayed friends in the neighborhood. No hard feelings between the families.

When I crashed my bike, tore up my knee and had to get stitches, did they sue the county for recently paving the road and topping it with gravel? NO. They took me to the ER and got me stitched up and sent me back to school, with 4 stitches in my knee.

When I scrapped my chin in the public pool and had to get stitches, did my parents force the pool to be shut down? NO, they again, took me to the ER, I got stitched up, and back to the pool the next day…….

Parents today are a bunch of pansies. I still say, let your kid fall. Let them pick themselves up. Quit telling them they can’t do something, because YOU are scared. I don’t want my child to get hurt, but guess what? She does, and I’m there to help pick up the pieces, but I don’t threaten to sue anyone.

You must fall in order to gain confidence. You must have that confidence in yourself, to pick yourself up.

JJ

July 25th, 2011
12:32 pm

@MomsRule – I agree 1,000%. They take recess away, and wonder why Johnnie can’t sit still for 7 hours…. D U H!!!!!

catlady

July 25th, 2011
12:34 pm

I hope the pendulum swings back soon! I’ve got grandchildren coming to school in a few years!

I looked at how many hours the state says kids must be in class–4 1/2 hours for my grade level (lunch, recess, and walking in the halls don’t count) Our kids are in class getting teacher-led instruction for 6 hours per day, so we are using 34 DAYS of time for instruction that are not mandated, and SOME OF THAT COULD BE USED FOR SOME RECESS OR OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES! And I am gonna point that out! Of course, I will be told that the kids NEED these additional hours of didactic instruction.

Andy, it has been terrific seeing the types of articles/subjects you have brought up! Lots of fun–I hope you will fill in again! (Your wife looks familiar–did she go to high school in Athens in the early 1990s?)

Best wishes to you and your family.

first time poster

July 25th, 2011
1:08 pm

@ Homeschooler – I don’t know what daycares you are familiar with but I don’t know of any that that fit this description “Kids who start daycare at 6 weeks and go 365 days a year and then summers and afterschool are controlled every minute of every day of their childhoods. ”

As to kids not being able to think for themselves, I completely agree, but disagree with the source. IMO, it’s helicopter parenting. These parents don’t allow their precious little snowflake out of their sight and make all decisions for them. Such a dis-service to the child.

jarvis

July 25th, 2011
1:31 pm

We have no restrictions on play at my daughter’s (and wife’s) school. Their recess is very much like ours was as a kid.

But don’t get me started on Field Day….it’s a bunch of physical activities but no competition. Somehow everyone gets a ribbon….not sure what they are for.

MomsRule

July 25th, 2011
1:35 pm

@Jarvis – I agree with you – field day is all about being PC — we can’t have little Tommy get his feelings hurt because little Billy won the race.

What a bunch of BS.

jarvis

July 25th, 2011
1:40 pm

@Moms, That’s the funny thing, everything else at the school is loaded with competition. There are a hundred writing, math, and art competitions. I assume they just don’t want the athletic kids to assume their natural places at the top of the social chain quite yet.

JJ

July 25th, 2011
1:48 pm

It’s just like County sports. EVERYONE gets a trophy, no matter how good/bad they played. That’s ok for the little guys, but the kids in middle school and high school NEED competition. They need to see that they are rewarded for their hard work, and not just because they were on a team.

Just like in real life. The hard workers are rewarded. The slackers aren’t.

MomsRule

July 25th, 2011
1:55 pm

Jarvis – good point, I hadn’t thought about that….

Back in K – I got a call from my 5 year olds teacher – “he can’t be saying this or that assignment is easy, it makes the other children feel bad. He needs to keep those thoughts and opinions to himself.”

Really?

MomsRule

July 25th, 2011
2:00 pm

@JJ – that is definately the case with rec leagues. But, those groups aren’t designed to actually improve the athlete. They are designed to make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy. It is great when they are little and feeling out a sport but at a certain point the players that are actually skilled move on to competetive teams. At least that’s the case in my area.

After my oldest switched to a “Club” he said to me “I won’t be getting anymore of those participation trophies will I? I hate those things, they don’t mean anything.”

jarvis

July 25th, 2011
2:01 pm

JJ, I remember getting a soccer trophy when I was 6 (in 1981), and my team was TERRIBLE. I think some of that stuff is a momento for the season more than a show of accomplishment. If I’m not mistaken, separate trophies were given to the “League Champions”.

motherjanegoose

July 25th, 2011
2:11 pm

@ Lydia’s Dad…the anti Halloween thing is typically southern. Are you from ’round here :)

I have a wonderfully fun Halloween Program that I share all over the metro area and really all over the country: PUMPKINS, CATS, SPIDERS, OWLS, SQUIRRELS, CANDY ETC. I have had those poo poo me for sharing such an “evil” topic. My Methodist neighbor once told me this,” God created pumpkins too!” I laughed!

K teacher…are you in the Atlanta metro? I could visit your kids too!

Are you aware that some schools cannot celebrate BIRTHDAYS as the Jehovah’s Witness children would be offended. Who care if 19 Kinders celebrate, if one does not …it could be a problem. I respect differences in religion but when it comes to throwing out birthdays…I am more than impatient.

When children move, their blood pumps oxygen to their brains and they can process and think better! Plus, some children are Kinesthetic learners!