Kindergartners participate in Global School Play Day

PLAY DAY: On Thursday, Riverview Elementary School kindergartners from Melissa Scheible's participated in Global School Play Day. Pictured are (from left) Gunner Wirt and Jacob Adams playing a game of "Sorry." (Pioneer photos/Meghan Haas)

PLAY DAY: On Thursday, Riverview Elementary School kindergartners from Melissa Scheible’s participated in Global School Play Day. Pictured are (from left) Gunner Wirt and Jacob Adams playing a game of “Sorry.” (Pioneer photos/Meghan Haas)

BIG RAPIDS — As part of a global movement to bring fun back into the classroom, Melissa Scheible’s kindergarten class participated in the third annual Global School Play Day.

TAKING TURNS: (From left) Lane Vaughn and Maylen Kiebala play a game of "Connect 4" with paraprofessional Heather Miller.

TAKING TURNS: (From left) Lane Vaughn and Maylen Kiebala play a game of “Connect 4” with paraprofessional Heather Miller.

Throughout the day Thursday, the Riverview Elementary School students enjoyed playing house, board games or with toys they brought with them. Scheible sent a letter home informing parents about the play day and its layout.

“Though our play day will be unstructured, it will still be supervised by teachers,” she said. “It is my hope that this one day of play will inspire families to plan for more unstructured play time during non-school hours.”

Scheible’s class participated in Global School Play Day for the first time last year. During the day, students have time for morning work, testing, play times, lunch and recesses, as well as time to reflect what worked and did not work for the day, or things they would like to change for later play times.

SOCIAL SKILLS: (From left) Dakota Cundiff, Dhani Desmond and Boston Rogers spent parts on Thursday playing with toys they had brought from home.

SOCIAL SKILLS: (From left) Dakota Cundiff, Dhani Desmond and Boston Rogers spent parts on Thursday playing with toys they had brought from home.

“Our days are filled with academics,” Scheible said. “The students don’t have time to play and be kids.”

Students were encouraged to bring toys and board games with them to school. While playing, they are learning social skills, how to take turns and share, as well as how to construct questions and responses for some games like “HedBanz,” where students put a card in they headband they are given to wear. The wearer asks “yes” or “no” questions to guess the image on their card.

HEDBANZ: A group of students play the "HedBanz" game together.

HEDBANZ: A group of students play the “HedBanz” game together.

“I think the board games are their favorites,” Scheible said. “The students love play day and we just wrapped up testing, so this is a good way to celebrate. We’ve had a great time today.”

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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