5 Things: Recess Matters as Much as Math and Reading
Who died, who to watch, how to make your resolution stick and a printable guide to the importance of recess.
1. Auld Lang Syne: Flipping through this annual list of celebrities who passed, I found it hard to believe that: 1. There were 60 dead celebrities, too many musicians and writers, most of whom I have heard of and; 2. Among them are two members of the "Welcome Back Kotter" Sweat Hogs crew, who expired in 2012. I did not realize that. Rest in Peace, everyone.
2. Eating Healthy for the New Year: If, like me, you are constantly in the midst of a mental food fight over what to eat and what to avoid, here's an interesting read with some unexpected advice: "What You Think You Know (But Don't) About Wise Eating."
3. 13 to Watch in 2013: Unlike my familiarity with those famous people old enough to have died in 2012, I find only one name among these 13 to Watch in 2013 that truly rings a bell – comedienne Amy Schumer, who I caught on the Roast of Roseanne. Other than that, it appears I have some pop culture catching up to do.
4. Adding New Resolve for 2013: FYI - if you have made a resolution, you are more likely to keep it if it involves adding something to your life rather than taking something away. Good to know. Read all about it here.
5. Share This One With Your Child's Principal: The American Academy of Pediatrics says recess is as vital for your child as math or reading. "The Crucial Role of Recess in School" makes the case for why taking breaks helps kids learn. We've uploaded the eight-page document here for your printing and sharing pleasure, so print and share – viva la recess revolution!