Taking Recess.... - FamilyEducation
Taking Recess....
09/16/2007 at 20:55 PM

I would like to ask a question regarding taking recess from a 3rd grader. 

My daughter has been struggling in school. As a result the school has been taking her recess to help her during that time. Unfortunately, this happens 3 or 4 times a week. While I appreciate what they are doing to help her, but my daughter is overweight and needs all the exercise she can get.

I brought it up with the principle and was told that the teacher is doing her a favor and that basically I should be grateful; which I am, but still concerned about my daughter getting exercise.

Any insight would be much appreciated,


I happen to agree with you on this one. Taking time out for recess is important, not just for the exercise but for a break in the classwork. Kids need time to get up and run around. They aren't doing her any favors by denying her that time period. Depending on what your daughter's issues in school are, does she need to be tested for any learning disabilities?  This is always a tough one for parents to decide. Do they have or provide tutors at the school or some kind of before school or after school homework help? Do they offer any kind of study skills, teach the kids how to study? It sounds like the teacher is trying to be of assistance. I think I'd look further into what specific problems your daughter may be having in school and then take it from there. I don't know if this is of any help or not, just my two cents worth.


My daughters "issues" involve, mainly, that she came from a school with what seems to be lower standards and she seemed to struggle here from day one. 

We have tried to bring her up to speed but it involves 3-4 hours of homework a night and that seems to take away time from the subjects being covered now. I hope that makes sense. 

The teacher is being very helpful; so my husband and I fear we will offend her if we ask her to stop taking recess, just for the health reasons. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. 



My son also struggles.  He is dyslexic.  They too tried to say the only time he could get help was at recess.  This really bothered my son.  SO I talked to the school requesting they find other times for my son to get the help he needs.  He needs outdoor time and social time.  My son agreed he rather miss some music, spanish or library time than recess.  Just a thought--hope it helps. Take care