From an article about Finland's schools and the importance of play/Timothy D Walker, The Atlantic:
"It’s free-play that gives students the opportunity to develop social competence. During these times, they not only rest and recharge—they also learn to cooperate, communicate, and compromise, all skills they need to succeed academically as well as in life."
At Summers-Knoll, we are proud to have always honored time given to children to "free play". We have at least 2-3 outside breaks a day, and for the majority of the time, children are free to play how they want and what they want. But most days, there is also a time of day for "indoor free time". This gives students an opportunity to play with different people, or by themselves. This group often chooses building or art projects, but sometimes they read together, solve mazes, or simply daydream. It truly is a time to recharge our batteries.
Yesterday, we had about 30 minutes of free time at the end of the day. I thought I'd snap a few photos to show the types of activities were chosen.
Lego toys. Always.
Chocolate Playdough/Candy Factory
Crafting / Sewing and Knitting