When I was a child, my favorite portion of the day was not recess. It was, instead, reading. I would have preferred to stay in the school library than go out to the playground where other girls skillfully jump-roped while I pretended to perpetually tie my shoe. What I loved most about recess was hearing the bell sound for school to begin again.
Now that I’m a homeschooling mom, recess is my favorite ‘subject’. Although it’s good enough to let the kids stretch, visit, and soak in Vitamin D, we’ll often linger outside, so I’ll mix a little bit of nature study or biology class or p.e. class into it. As the Co-Chief in Charge of All Familial Things, I can make recess what I want: always fun, always an adventure, and never ever including jump rope. The photo above is of our children enjoying recess the way we like to enjoy it.