The importance of a proper recess!

The importance of a proper recess!Speaking of self-chosen and self-directed activities… we have to talk about the importance of recess done right!

Best practices and current research all support recess time as a time for students to have free play!  This means that, unlike athletic teams/clubs or in-school PE classes, recess should be a time for students to engage in unstructured play!

According to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, unstructured play time (as distinct from PE or other structured physical activity programs) “allows elementary children to practice life skills such as conflict resolution, cooperation, respect for rules, taking turns, sharing, using language to communicate, and problem solving in real situations that are real. Furthermore, it may facilitate improved attention and focus on learning in the academic program.”


Kids: get out there and play!  Play games you know or make up brand new ones!  Remember to be safe and respectful, and enjoy YOUR time to play and learn!

Parents: encourage your kids to play games of their own design.  This will benefit their brains and their bodies now and for a lifetime!

To read more stories about Shekou International School visit their website: www.sis.org.cn/why-choose-sis

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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