School districts throughout the U.S. have been reducing the amount of time kids are getting for recess and in some cases, eliminating breaks altogether.
It is regrettable that allowing time from class work for physical activity is viewed as an unneeded cost, frivolous and wasteful. Yet, there is solid research that demonstrates that a child’s level of attention and focus relates directly to the regularity and amount of their breaks.
In fact, recently reported in KQED News, The Eagle Mountain School, a Texas Elementary school began modeling the Finnish school system (a highly regarded education system for its international educational rankings), by significantly increasing the number of breaks provided their students throughout the school day. They found that their students were less distracted and produced better work.
Frequent breaks during learning time are said to help reduce the anxiety that can stand in the way of learning.