In support of the health and safety of the Paideia Community, cloth face coverings are required on all Paideia campuses.
The playground is an essential part of any school and every community. While recess may seem like only fun and games, children learn a lot from their time spent on the playground. Children who are allowed time to play show an increased level of activity. This creates a desire to continue this level of activity in the future. Research has shown that children who are allowed a break in their day show improved academic achievement; these improvements are seen in their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive abilities.
If the playground is unstructured, with “lifeguard-style” supervision, students are learning the rules of the jungle – the strong prevail and the weak get out of the way. The results are increased bullying and intimidation and decreased social problem-solving skills. These formative years have direct impact on social interaction in college, career, citizenship, and family. That’s why it’s so critical that they’re learning the right messages and skills.
At Paideia Academies, we’ve teamed up with the Playworks Recess Program to ensure our young scholars are learning valuable skills and forming healthy habits. Our playground is a vibrant time of activities and games that kids love to play. Our playground program is intended to maximize the number of students involved in physical/social interaction rather than having them wait in line or just stand around talking.
Our playground coaches are not playground “lifeguards,” standing around waiting for trouble and blowing whistles. Instead we employ and train playground coaches. Our playground coaches are engaged with teaching students the rules and techniques of the playground games and conflict resolution skills. The Paideia playground teaches children the value of wholesome recreation and the positive culture of social problem solving – critical skills for today’s world!
Playworks is changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. They are a leading national nonprofit, transforming children’s social and emotional health. Playworks reaches 900,000 students at 1,800 schools in 23 U.S. cities directly and through professional training services. Playworks’ vision is for 3.5 million children in 7,000 elementary schools nationwide to experience safe and healthy play every day.
Paideia Academy is committed to making recess a fun, inclusive place for every child in our community to play every day. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Playworks TeamUp to strengthen our school community.