Kids Worst Nightmares Essay

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Kids Worst Nightmares

Kid's Worst Nightmare
The worst nightmare for a child in elementary school is to hear his/her teacher say they
will have no recess. Most children look forward to recess every day and some could even
play everyday all day if they could. It is a time for them to let off all the stress that
has built up from school work, and a time for them to be themselves. The council on
Physical Education for Children agree that recess is a necessity, they state that "Recess
is a time that gives children opportunities to engage in physical activity, to developing,
healthy bodies which in return would create healthy minds and bodies that would be capable
for learning" (COPEC, 2001). Recess is needed in all schools because it is healthy for all
children, it improves social skills with one another, and it revitalizes the children.

Recess is an important part of child development in Elementary Schools because it allows
the children to get the necessary exercises they need, which is healthy for all children.
Due to some parents' work loads, community violence, and safety issues some children are
unable to play freely. As a result of these issues, children are leaning more towards
watching television, playing video games and other inactive activities that endanger their
health (Jarrett, 2003). Therefore, children are at high risk for early signs of heart
disease, diabetes, and obesity. Recess is a way that Elementary schools help prevent
health issues in some children's lives. It also serves as a developmentally appropriate
strategy for reducing stress. Olga S. Jarrett did a study on recess, she stated that
"Recess allows children to be active which will make the child more assertive and able to
focus on their class work when he/she starts on it" (Jarrett, 2003). Jarrett also study
how recess works with the brain and she concludes that "Recess involves that valuable,
unstructured downtime, that research says is crucial for recycling brain chemicals that
formulate long term memory" (Jarrett, 2003). During play, children breathe in oxygen which
helps fuel their brains, creating more connections between neurons. This helps their brain
to process information, and leads to better grades. Recess also helps with the development
of children's social skills and in the long run, being an adult in society.

While children play, they are still learning; they are learning life-long skills that will
help them as adults. Skills such as working together, resolving conflicts, motor skills,
and cognitive abilities are being taught. The National Association for the Education of
Young Children states that children who are permitted to play freely with peers develop
skills for seeing things through another person's point of view - - cooperating, helping,
sharing, and solving problems (NAEYC, 1997). Communication skills are also being
developed. They are learning how to make choices and make rules while playing games that
they construct on their own (Jarrett, 2003). The choices that children make at recess will
help the teachers see their social behaviors, leadership and pro-social behaviors. This
will help the teachers intervene in situations involving aggression or social isolation.
Children also learn their strengths and abilities during recess time.

Recess is a time to get away from school work and to rejuvenate the children. Jon Hull, a
policy analyst with the Council of State Governments, believes children should have the
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