Last night I went up to say goodnight to Ridge and he started telling me about his day. For 15 minutes he told me about his lunch duty of wiping up his table after everyone has finished lunch. I guess that this responsibility is passed around from student to student by the lunch duty leader. He wasn't crying but he was upset about the slow eaters who made him miss all of recess because they were talking taking so long. Ridge is one of the kids that finishes his lunch as fast as possible and then gets to the playground as soon as it is open for play. Yesterday he got out of the lunch room and the bell rang for him to line up. I felt bad for him. Today he informed me that he told the kids who sat at the table that they had to eat fast. I hope he was nice about it. He had most of his recess today.
It reinforces to me the importance of recess and playtime for kids in school, time to run free and play. As it is, I think Ridge should have more recess. He doesn't have a morning recess anymore, his first break is at lunchtime. His best friend is in 2nd grade and they don't have recess together, the 1st graders, kindergartners and 4th graders are together. There is probably some study they are following about what ages to match together but it doesn't make sense to me.