The Importance of Play
THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY
by Lisa Clarke
I delight in watching our children at recess - they are on the move! Whether it be trying to catch a falling leaf on a cold autumn morning, hitting a tennis ball against the side of the gym, using their imagination to create fairy houses with nature’s bounty, playing football, or gathering one’s whole class to enjoy a good old-fashioned game of tag, they are on the move! I just love seeing their rosy cheeks on a cold, wintry day, or their sweaty heads as they return from recess on a bright spring day, knowing they were engaged in some physical activities! I recently read an article written by Diane E. Levin, Ph.D. called “Problem Solving Deficit Disorder.” This article focused on creative versus programmed play, and the benefits of the ability in children to organize their own play. At Edgecomb Eddy we watch as children choose their own recess activities, and sometimes we join them in their play, but we don’t organize it for them. Children need to develop the skills to communicate, to negotiate, to problem solve, and settle disputes without aggression, and what better place to do so than on a playground! When children see themselves as problem solvers, they gain confidence in their ability to figure things out for themselves. If we hear a child say s/he is bored, we encourage them to get moving and join in the fun.
With increasing pressure on schools to raise their test scores, many administrators around the nation are choosing to reduce recess time...not at Edgecomb Eddy!
Bloggers in Training
Freshman Digital Literacy
BRHS freshman have been honing their writing, research, and publishing skills in a new course being offered at Boothbay Region High School. Team taught by Tanya Hammond, Lauren Graham, and Barbara Greenstone, this course has introduced freshman to a host of skills across a number of areas. A single post requires research, writing, and technology skills for students to be able to succeed. Each student has been writing on a passion over the semester.
Please visit their site here http://kidblog.org/DigitalLiteracy-10/. Feel free to comment or repond to their posts.
US-Australia Water Project
This week we were able to meet with our sister school in Tasmania via Skype. The 14 hour time change proved challenging, but the BRHS students were willing to come in at 7pm on a Wednesday to meet the Tasmanian students (it was 9am Thursday there, the start of their school day). While we did talk a bit about water, most of the conversation was about life as a high school student in each country- the similarities and differences. The planned 30 min session ended after an hour of fun conversation. Another Skype session will take place later on this semester as we complete the final modules.
Pictured here- the Tasmanian students, with the BRHS students on screen.
BRHS Guidance Blog is Back
Mrs. Burns uses the Guidance Blog to share updates about the college search and application process, information about career trends, links to relevant articles, and guidance on general topics related to post-high school planning. It is updated weekly.
Visit the blog here.
Family Night/Community Picnic
BRES Family Night and Community Picnic
- Book Fair at 4:00pm
- Literacy Night for Parents at 4:30pm
- Community Picnic at 5:00pm
- 5/6 Open House at 6:00pm