Oh sure it looks like the kids are just playing at recess, but did you know that they are improving academic performance as well as developing social and emotional skills? It’s true!
Research shows that recess promotes social and emotional development by giving them a chance to interact with their peers. Although most kids tend to run around and play at recess, students sometimes choose to just sit and talk with friends.
Regardless of whether kids run around or sit around, free time helps kids develop communication skills and strengthen self-control. They learn to cooperate, negotiate, share, solve problems and cope with stress. These are skills that lend way into the classrooms, communities and eventually, into the work force.
Who knew all this was going on during recess? The kids just think they are having fun with their friends.