Active Living in Schools Partner Story:
Stay and play recess on wheels at Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary.
At Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School we had the privilege of having our Physical Education teacher, our recess paraprofessionals, classroom aids and school nurse attend an Active Recess workshop in the Fall of 2015.
The training was very educational on the importance of moving and playing and the positive effects being physically active has on the brain. It gave the staff valuable networking time. We discovered that we provide adequate time for recess and physical education, but we questioned if we were providing "quality" recess.
We learned active, healthy kids are better learners. Scientific evidence shows that when students are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day this helps with:
- Increases concentration and focus
- Improves classroom attendance
- Improves behavior
- Boosts academic performance, including grades and standardized test scores*Source - Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education
To get more kids moving, we've incorporated some new activities:
We started a walking path (marked with cones) for kids to use to walk and think. For example, if kids have made a poor choice, they get a chance to walk and think about their action and consequence instead of sitting out of recess. Other kids are encouraged to use this also and hopefully we can add things like incentives for miles kids achieve.
We equipped recess supervising paraprofessionals with a "Recess On Wheels" kit to use when recess is held indoors. The kits provide opportunities to be physically active at play indoors and include:
- 1 Deck of Fitness Cards
- 1 Set of Fitness Dice
- 1 DVD of classroom movement
- 1 Tic TacToss game with 8 bean bags
- 1 Hop Scotch game with 3 bean bags
- 1 Target Toss game with 4 bean bags
We installed a new storage shed addition to the playground. This shed will be used to store play equipment such as balls, jum p ropes, sleds, etc. to keep equipment more accessible for kids to use.