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About the Author

Rae Pica is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in movement education and early childhood. In addition to presenting workshops and keynotes, she has also consulted for such groups as the Sesame Street research department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, Nickelodeon's Blues Clues, and a number of state health departments throughout the country. Pica is the author of Your Active Child and is the most published writer in the movement education field, with 15 books on the topic to her credit. She has been featured or quoted in numerous print and online publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Parents, and ePregnancy.com, as well as television and radio progams. She lives in Center Barnstead, New Hampshire. Her website is www.movingandlearning.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (December 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569242844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569242841
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rae Pica has been an education consultant (www.raepica.com) specializing in the education of the whole child, children's physical activity, and developmentally appropriate practice since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 19 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music, in its 5th edition; the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy; and her most recent, What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives. Rae is known for her lively and informative keynotes and trainings and 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, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Gymboree, Nike, and state health departments throughout the country. Rae also blogs for Huffington Post, is a member of the executive committee of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, and is co-founder of BAM Radio Network (www.bamradionetwork.com), the world's largest online education radio network, where she currently hosts Studentcentricity, interviewing experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more. You can learn more about Rae at www.raepica.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Heim on April 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
In "A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity and Free Time Create a Successful Child," Rae Pica, an internationally recognized educational consultant in early childhood and movement education, shares her techniques for raising children "with the right balance of free play and structured activity." According to Pica, "Today, we have considerable research proving that . . . movement, play, and physical activity contribute to brain and intellectual development." Too often, she contends, we're so focused on "achievement" and "competition" that we're not allowing our children just to have their childhoods. We buy them the most high-tech gadgets and hurry them from one class to another, but "old-fashioned play and physical experiences offer the best opportunities for brain development"--NOT "the latest gadgets and gear." This book is also sprinkled with Play & Learn Activities that provide great ideas for parents to bring fun and play back into their homes and yards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Stevens on January 21, 2007
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What a terrific new book! A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity and Free Time Create a Successful Child is a MUST READ for any parent with a young child. Raising a child in todays fast pace world is sometimes confusing and frustrating. Parents face an array of decisions (many of which are commercially driven) about what is best for their child's development. Those who can afford to spend thousands of dollars every year in the hopes of helping their child develop the skills to be successful in a very competitive world. Those who can't afford to often feel guilty because they are not giving their children what they need. Author Rae Pica gives parents and educators of young children a very straightforward and thought provocative case for letting children be children and not trying to force their development. She does an excellent job of helping parents to understand the importance of authentic movement and learning experiences in the life of a healthy young child. The information contained in this book is very relevant to raising today's children. It is based on sound child development research and practice and brings in the best of current brain research on how young children learn. This is an easy to read book filled with "superkid" myths and alerts, reality checks and practical answers for some of today's most difficult issues in raising a successful child. I have found this book to be very comforting and assuring to parents who truly want to give their child the best start in life. I am ordering a copy today for my daughter and her partner who are raising my precious granddaughter.

Patricia Stevens, MA Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Principal & Head Start Director, Midland, TX.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Youth Services Librarian on May 6, 2007
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Physical activity specialist, Rae Pica values childhood. In her wonderful new book, "A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity and Free Time Create a Successful Child" Pica gives guidelines that will help parents raise children with the right balance of structured activity and free play.

Today's children seem to go non-stop from one structured afternoon activity to another with little time to themselves to be creative and solve problems. Before children can become successful adults, they need to be children and children learn through play. The best way we can give them a "running start" is to help them to succeed naturally, exploring the outdoors, enjoying and inventing their own games. Parents will hopefully use the phrase "Go Outside and Play" more often after reading this excellent book, written by an internationally recognized educational consultant, who really knows kids! Kudos, Rae, from Marianne Berkes, author of nature-awareness picture books for children.
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