School Recess Before Lunch Makes Your Kids Happier and Healthier One #Recess #Education #Parenting #SchoolRecess
Way back in early 80's, when I'm still in grade school, I never purchase my snacks or my lunch from the canteen the fact that they sell food pretty expensive and very unhealthy. I always have my all-in-one food box with me, that includes my snacks and lunch.
And by early '90's, in my High School year, our canteen change its rules and now they get much more healthy and much more yummier food, the likes of, Filipino delicacies (suman. puto, sapin2, etc..) and for beverages they served kalamansi(lemon) juice and fruit shakes, no more softdrinks allowed.
~read here: Anti-Junk Food Campaign
Why I bring up about School Recess before taking lunch makes your kids more happier and healthier? This is just my owned observation, comparing my School Alma Mater and with my children's previous school when their still in grade school.
I found out that they don't take recess between 9am to 10am, and its up to the students if they take their snacks or not. BTW, Philippine lunch time is 12 noon. For me, not a good idea considering that our children is using their total well-being (physically, mentally and emotionally). The school must imposed rules to have a 15 minutes RECESS in order for the kids to relax, remember that is one of the children's right in school education.
Asking me, did I confront the teacher adviser? No, but I went to the Principal and her reason is: "Children are allowed to take RECESS inside the room (but not allowed to go outside) while teachers continue doing their classes". So meaning, while classes is on-going students are eating and its up to the students if they will take their break or not. I am not happy with the principal answers. I explained it to my two daughters - but still I insist to tell them, do not skip your 15 minutes recess.
As a single parent, I am concern with the health of my two daughters, especially my eldest because she has respiratory health condition. For me, having a RECESS at school is a great help for our children. Studies shows that when kids take recess before lunch they are more FULL and more RELAXED and I agree to that.
Classes usually starts at 7:30PM so meaning kids wake up early in the morning and have their breakfast maybe by 6:30am and go to school for about 7am and by 7:15am attend Flag Ceremony. And we know kids are very active, by 9am they will get hungry and thirsty if they don't take a 15 minutes recess they will experience stomachaches, restless, headaches, etc...they cannot concentrate in their class anymore. And by 12 noon, instead of taking lunch they cannot eat properly because they are much disturb between PLAY and EAT. And for teenagers, they cannot properly communicate with others because they are lost somehow ( the lack of concentration) and that will be the start of anxiety and depression. I am not a psychologist but I can feel it because I am a mother.
Food is essential and as our kids continue on a journey of lifelong learning they need it to boost their energy and strength.
I'm sure it will be bad enough that I've just pointed them(the teacher) in this scenario. I know teachers are just following the DepED curriculum. At the very least my post or the social media attention will draw other concerned parents to be more attentive with their children's class schedules and check if their son's and daughter's are taking their recess properly. Somehow, parents and teachers had a great role in shaping our children's.