About the Author:

Rae Pica has been a consultant in early childhood education for more than four decades. She has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She is the author of 22 books, including?What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children’s Lives. Internationally known as a speaker, blogger, and online course creator, Rae is on a mission to ensure children have the chance to be children and that child development guides all our practices with them.

Rae Pica 's Books

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  • Spark a Revolution in Early Education: Speaking Up for Ourselves and the Children

    Author: Rae Pica

    Product Code:
    547718 (Softbound)
    ISBN:
    978-1-60554-771-8 (Softbound)

    Description & More Details

    Early childhood educators are facing a crucial inflection point in the profession. Research shows that children need movement and play and joy to learn to their fullest potential—yet the educational system pushes worksheets and takes away time outdoors, among many other harmful and developmentally inappropriate teaching practices. Educators everywhere are tired of witnessing unrealistic expectations and impossible attempts to accelerate child development, stripping children of authentic learning—and their giggles. They are disturbed by the inequities that exist in education and want to see every child provided with the good foundation a quality early education can supply. They are fed up with the nonsense depriving children of childhood, requiring them to teach in ways that they know aren’t right!

    $24.95  
  • What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

    Author: Rae Pica

    Product Code:
    381848 (Paperback)
    ISBN:
    9781483381848 (Paperback)
    Age Focus: 4-8

    Description & More Details

    Learn about 29 topics critical to best practices in child development and education. Use the actionable insights from experts on topics such as Common Core, the self-esteem movement, and standardized testing. Start using what we know about child development to meet the needs of children.

    $28.95  
  • Acting Out! Avoid Behavior Challenges with Active Learning Games and Activities

    Author: Rae Pica

    Product Code:
    546964 (Softbound)
    ISBN:
    978-1-60554-696-4 (Softbound)
    Age Focus: 3-8

    Description & More Details

    Current policies in the early childhood field ask teachers to treat children as though they exist from the neck up—even though research clearly demonstrates that the mind-body connection is vital to development. Rae Pica, founder and director of Rae Pica Keynotes & Consulting and author of the Moving and Learning series, advocates for active learning, not only because it’s developmentally appropriate but because doing so promotes a calmer, friendlier, and less challenging learning environment.

    152 pages

    $26.95  
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