Many schools feel pressure to use every minute of the school day to teach “academic” subjects, and so recess hits the chopping block, along with arts and other essentials. At FSM, we have recess for every student, every day. Why?

  • Students need fresh air and activity, and we know recess helps the learning process.
Kindergartners running at recess.
Kindergartners running together at recess.

 

  • Recess is the richest opportunity for social learning in a child’s day. Picking a game to play, negotiating rules and teams, and using creativity to enhance play are all important learning and development goals that are best met on the playground.
Middle school students at recess.
Middle school students at recess.

 

  • Our environmental education program is based on the connection a student makes with a specific place. At FSM, students know the trees, plants, and animal life of the playground and nearby park well. Unstructured time to observe, play in, and appreciate the beauty of the environment is valuable.

    1st & 2nd graders at recess under a favorite tree.
    1st & 2nd graders at recess under a favorite tree.