As kids are starting school at an earlier age and school days are becoming longer, play time is becoming more and more important. Why is recess necessary?
The Decline of Play and the Rise of Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents
“Over the past half century, in the United States and other developed nations, children’s free play with other children has declined sharply. Over the same period, anxiety, depression, suicide, feelings of helplessness, and narcissism have increased sharply in children, adolescents, and young adults.”
The cognitive benefits of play: Effects on the learning brain
“Playful behavior appears to have positive effects on the brain and on a child’s ability to learn. In fact, play may function as an important, if not crucial, mode for learning.”
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