Peaceful Playgrounds - Play Nice Newsletter

 Dec. 15,  2012                                                                                          

Exercise improves depression, anxiety,  and a student's ability to focus.  Dr. John Ratey, author of S.P.A.R.K.   suggests that physical education and play are critical opportunities to improve cognition in children and adults alike.

Along with his team of researchers, Dr. Ratey explored the effects of exercise on cognition.
What they found was that exercise appeared to turn the brain on, decrease discipline and increase attendance.

He explains that what happens when we exercise is that it turns on the pre- frontal part of the brain which is important in executive planning, organization, impulse control,  consequence evaluation, maintaining focus, and the ability to learn from mistakes.  Exercise also creates a chemical called Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) or "Miracle Grow for the Brain" according to Ratey.  BDNF is required to log any new information in the brain so that new learning can occur.

In short, he concluded that "exercise turns on the attention system, turns on the motivation system, turns of the memory system, as well as, it makes brain cells ready to grow and sprout and that's the only way we learn anything,"  according to Ratey.  The more fit you are the better the learner.  Exercise makes your brain better, it maximizes your brains ability to learn so schools need to institute physical education and play opportunities in schools to improve both learning and the learner.

ING Run for Something Better Grant

The ING Run for Something Better Grant Application Process open. Apply for a $2000 grant for your school today and start a running program.

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Peaceful Playgrounds You Tube Video Channel

 Have you visited our Peaceful Playgrounds You Tube Video Channel lately?  There are a number of new videos posted recently from school paint days.
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Lowes Toolbox for Education Grant

The Spring 2013 cycle is now open. The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is February 15, 2013 5pm EST. This year, the foundation, will seek ways to provide the tools that help educators and parent groups through today's challenging times efficiently, while providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities taking priority.

Funding:  $5000

 Application information.

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Stencil Giveaway
Enter your school today in the Learn to Play U.S. Playground Map Stencil Giveaway. The beautiful geographically and proportionately accurate educational map stencil is 16 feet by 27 feet and extends the classroom curriculum to recess and outdoor play. History and geography comes alive with the games and activities included in the stencil set.
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Learn how to create a playground that really works! Webinars are 45 minutes long with an informative 15 minute question and answer session. No special software is necessary for you to easily participate right at your computer. Register early, space is limited. Select your subject and act now to attend a free webinar of your choice at a time that fits your schedule.
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Indoor Recess & PE- 2 Go Games

2 Go Games 
2 Go Games

2 Go Games come in a set of 6 rugs and are ideal for classroom stations.  The matching sets of table cards allow for 30 students to participate in each game. Integrated learning through movement activities introducing and enforcing academic concepts in a fun learning environment.

Lowest price offer in 2012.
   Standard price $1299/ school.
Offer Expires: Jan. 30, 2013                                                                                                        Coupon Code TGG2013
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