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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: #1,907,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Rae Pica has been an education consultant specializing in children's physical activity and professional and curriculum development since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she's the author of 18 books, including the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy, the Moving & Learning Series, and A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child, written for the parents of children birth to age eight. Rae speaks to parents and professionals throughout North America and has been privileged to share her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, Nickelodeon's 'Blue's Clues,' Mattel, and a number of state health departments. She served on the task force of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) that created Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children Birth to Five Years, and is a member of several advisory boards. Rae is the founder/director of Moving & Learning and co-founder of BAM Radio Network (www.bamradionetwork.com), where she hosts two radio programs on the Educators Channel: "Teacher's Aid" and "Body, Mind and Child." 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 Bobbie on May 6, 2007
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Rae Pica has a full grasp of what is, and what isn't important in the raising of healthy kids. Stressing that the 'right' pre-school, the 'right' kindergarten, etc. may not necessarily be right, and may not be necessary. Not hurrying childrens' skills, not enrolling them in every activity under the sun, not aspiring FOR them - these are excellent points made in the book. In one of her Reality Checks, Rae quotes Booker T. Washington when he said "The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts". This could be the title of this book; and it's an excellent read if you're wondering whether or not your children are getting lost in an "electronic world". And if you are wondering, they probably are, and you should read this very good book!
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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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