Kiosk & Recess

Our three small school snack kiosks are popular during our two 10-minute periods of recess. We have three sisters from the church providing all kinds of goodies that students and teachers alike enjoy. In this culture children learn from very young age to make their own snack choice and buy it with the money parents give them called “recreo” (recess money). The list of refreshments is long and varied.

When summing up these 10 minutes we get one hour a week, four hours a month and 40 hours in a school year of recess. It is incredible the vast amount of things that go on and can happen during this portion of school hours and without doubt it becomes an invaluable part of the learning experience for our pupils.

“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” -Friedrich Frobel, “Father” of modern kindergarten.

“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.”  –Leo Buscaglia, author, educator.

“Play permits the child to resolve in symbolic form unsolved problems of the past and to cope directly or symbolically with present concerns. It is also his most significant tool for preparing himself for the future and its tasks.”  –Bruno Bettelheim, child psychologist.

We all need a break to play and to snack and in doing so continue learning!

Published in: on April 5, 2012 at 6:11 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. ¡Ah, el recreo! Recuerdo muy bien esos tiempos. ¿Sabes que ahora en México están tratando de sacar muchos dulces y demás cosas por aquello del aumento de la obesidad entre los infantes? ¡Qué cosas! Gracias por escribir todas estas fases de la escuela.
    Un saludo afectuoso, Andrés.

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