This is the first year I've had recess before lunch. Really. I always had lunch then recess because that's the way I grew up with it in public school. But I realized that I was always butting up against lunch trying to help someone and either delaying lunch or responding to too many questions about what to eat (now we but up against recess for that one child and that's ok). I also realized that my desire to have a rest time immediately after recess was pretty foolish. "Hey kids....go run around for awhile then come back in and lay quietly on your beds reading and if you are young maybe you'll fall asleep." Sheesh - what was I thinking? So....now we have recess - lunch - rest time.
My 8th grader loves to read. This is where Terese spent her "recess". I found her up in a tree reading Longfellow's Evangeline (part of her history assignment). She said she couldn't get up there carrying a book so she put in it in her purse to climb with. Normally I like the kids to get some more exercise but sometimes on a beautiful day it's nice to just climb a tree and read. Besides, 8th graders don't get recess normally - do they?