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post #21 of 27
My kids are in Montessori and recess is withheld for various reasons.My dd lost recess for many,many days because she dragged on getting some work done.While I sympathised I told her to get the work done already so she can have her recess....or keep dragging things along and stay inside.It was her choice.
post #22 of 27
My kids have been in both private and public schools and this happened in both. I would have much rather them stay in the classroom during "specials" to catch up or even stay after school instead of missing recess but their teachers always made them do it during recess. Usually after one or two times the kids rarely do it again. They find out real quick how they may loose recess time if they do. I never saw a problem with it as long as it wasn't happening a bunch of times. I'd want to know if my child were repeatedly missing assignments or getting behind and would hope the teacher would inform me.
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by mattemma04 View Post
My kids are in Montessori and recess is withheld for various reasons.My dd lost recess for many,many days because she dragged on getting some work done.While I sympathised I told her to get the work done already so she can have her recess....or keep dragging things along and stay inside.It was her choice.
DS attends a Montessori, and the only reason he looses recess is for behavior during recess (for example, if he hits another student during recess they send him in.) I can't imagine them ever making him stay in b/c he hasn't finished a work yet; it's not like the work was assigned to him, he choose it himself. I could see them not letting him go till his work was put away and his rug was rolled.
post #24 of 27
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The problem is that I don't think it works for my child. He's very stubborn, very, very, smart, and he will make a game of it.
Then, ya know, he's made his choice. If he makes a game of it when he knows lost recess is the consequence, then clearly he's chosen what he wants to do.
post #25 of 27
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Then, ya know, he's made his choice. If he makes a game of it when he knows lost recess is the consequence, then clearly he's chosen what he wants to do.
Did I say that my son, or any of the other kids knew lost recess was a consequence? I don't believe that I did.

Making a game of it was probably a poor choice of words...I'm not sure of what I'm looking for here, but your post has a "wise guy" flavor to it that I don't think characterizes my child. He loves his teachers, and his school. He accepted his loss of recess, and didn't complain. He respects authority and admires his teachers. It's ME who is questioning whether this is the best course of action. Obviously this doesn't happen all of the time or I would have more experience with loss of recess time.

Whether it's effective, not effective, right or wrong, I think we go down the wrong path when we see free choice and play time for the youngest elementary students as optional. I happen to think that it is very important, so that's one of the reasons I'm thinking about this issue.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by BrandiRhoades View Post
Then, ya know, he's made his choice. If he makes a game of it when he knows lost recess is the consequence, then clearly he's chosen what he wants to do.
My DS would choose to have ice cream for dinner every night if he could. For me, at this age recess falls in the same catagory as lunch: needed, important, and non-negotiable. My son wouldn't be forced to skip lunch because he hadn't completed an assignment. Now, if a child was really into a project and begged to stay in for recess to complete it, I *might* be ok with that. I haven't run into it and have no first hand experience with it, so I can't say how I'd feel for certain. But having a child skip recess as a non-recess related punishment is detrimental and inappropriate imo.
post #27 of 27

I think this situation is indicative of a national trend, Recess across the board has been shrinking, and your child losing his due to a incomplete assignment can be one aspect of the trend.

 

 

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