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On Outside Time as a Basic Need

Stop taking away recess and outside time as punishment! Why on earth are we making kids earn movement? Fresh air? EXERCISE?

Iโ€™m obviously fired up about this. Here are all the reasons we should never ever require that kids earn movement and outside time, or punish โ€œbad behaviorโ€ by taking it away.

For kids, research states that movement allows for:

๐Ÿƒ better sleep

๐Ÿƒ improved coordination

๐Ÿƒ strength for growing bones and muscles

๐Ÿƒ improved self-esteem (!!)

๐Ÿƒ increased focus and concentration

๐Ÿƒ decreased anxiety

๐Ÿƒ stronger social skills

๐Ÿƒ increased motivation

๐Ÿƒ increased memory, perception, and even language (!!)

But most of all, movement is a natural way that children regulate their nervous system, allowing them to build coping skills for big feelings. This is vital! Particularly for neurodiverse kids that struggle to read their bodies and their feelings at the same time.

Kids need to move. Kids HAVE to move. And the kids losing access to movement due to โ€œbad behaviorโ€ ESPECIALLY need recess, outside time, and play!

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