Rae Pica has been an early childhood education consultant since 1980 and is internationally known as a speaker, online course creator, and author. Rae has written 22 books, including Experiences in Movement and Music (in its 5th edition), What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children’s Lives and has also contributed to numerous educational publications.
As a consultant, Rae has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Gymboree, Nike, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues, Bright Horizons, and health departments, schools, and resource and referral agencies throughout the country. And she has just completed her 22nd book, Spark a Revolution in Early Childhood Education: Speaking Up for Ourselves and the Little Ones.
Rae is most proud of her fierce defence of childhood.
As a long-time advocate for active, play-based learning for the development and education of the whole child, Rae discusses some of the changes that she has seen over the years and the drivers for those changes – not always for the better!
She chooses some aspects from her latest book – the 22nd!! – called Spark a Revolution in Early Childhood Education to chat about, such as the prevalent myth that ‘Earlier is Better’ for everything (spoiler alert – it’s not!) and the misconception that children learn best when they are sitting still. We chat at length about the chapter on strategies for speaking up and how to be an advocate for children and the childcare sector in everyday ways, as well as in more revolutionary ways.
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