We Speak Playground

New School Schedules and Its Impact on Construction Process

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jun 24, 2020 2:30:12 PM

The pandemic has thrown a wrench into nearly everyone's plans, and it doesn't help that Texas has not seen the decline in cases that we were hoping for after reopening. The threats have caused nearly every industry to rethink plans, including several school districts that have already come out with potential schedules for the 2020 - 2021 year. We'll look at how this could have an impact on the construction schedule of recreation structures and what everyone can do to minimize the disruption. 

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Topics: Playground Projects, recess

5 Tips for Making School Playgrounds More Inclusive

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Aug 26, 2019 2:10:45 PM

You want a playground that gives everyone a chance to learn and have fun outdoors. However, some children with physical or intellectual limitations have a harder time navigating a traditional play structure than others. That’s why it’s important to make a few simple changes to ensure all children have a great time at recess. Check out these five tips for making school playgrounds more inclusive.

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Topics: Inclusive Playground, Playground Design, recess

What’s More Important: Recess or Test Scores?

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Mar 20, 2019 5:19:13 PM

It seems like the pressure on children to produce perfect test scores in school only gets stronger every year. The pressure is equally strong on teachers and education administrators since performance is typically tied to state or federal funding for schools. The STAAR test in Texas is one such example of test performance determining how much money each school receives in state funding.

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Topics: smart play, childhood unplugged, recess

The Importance of Resuscitating Recess

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Jul 19, 2018 3:45:45 PM

Over the last 20 years, due primarily to the enactment of No Child Left Behind in 2002 and the adoption of 2010's Common Core State Standards, test scores have become increasingly more important for schools in the United States. Sadly, uninterrupted and unstructured playtime in the form of recess has simultaneously become increasingly more rare.

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Topics: outdoor play, kids health, recess