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What If We Taught the Way Children Learn?

More Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives
By: Rae Pica

Learn to help students experience joy and discovery in their learning by first understanding the connection between how they develop and how they learn.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071803042
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 216
  • Publication date: July 27, 2020

Price: $26.95



Strengthen the connection between child development and learning

We often teach our children in ways contrary to what we know about their development. What if our learning environments honored children’s natural inclinations and used them to enrich their lives? To help students experience joy and discovery, while also preparing them for future schooling, we need to understand the connection between how they develop and how they learn. Pica brings decades of experience in education to advocate for this change.

Written as a follow-up to the bestselling What If Everybody Understood Child Development?, this book includes:

  • 31 easy-to-read chapters on topics including disruptive behavior, creativity, self-regulation, screen time, and mental health
  • Suggested next steps and resources in every chapter
  • Real-life examples from the author's and others’ experiences
  • Evidence from brain science research
  • Easy-to-read format perfect for PLCs, book studies, and parents

The straight talk in this book inspires readers to generate change so that children can have the lives and education they deserve.



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Rae Pica

Rae Pica has been an education consultant (www.raepica.com) specializing in the education and development of the whole child since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 21 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music, in its 5th edition, and 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 is a regular blogger and YouTube creator and the author of online courses for early childhood professionals.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Giving Children the Positive Reinforcement They Want and Need

Chapter 2: Seven Reasons We’re Seeing More Challenging Behavior in Early Childhood Settings

Chapter 3: Commonsense Solutions to Behavior Challenges

Chapter 4: Disruptive Children: Are Drugging and Dismissing Them Our Only Options?

Chapter 5: Trouble-Free Transitions: They’re Possible If We Understand Child Development

Chapter 6: Fostering Self-Regulation in Early Childhood: Are We Doing It Wrong?

Chapter 7: Logical Consequences Shouldn’t Be the Norm

Chapter 8: Screen Use in the Classroom: Why It’s Cause for Concern

Chapter 9: Downtime: Necessary for Children’s Mental Health and 21st-Century Skills


Chapter 10: Making a Mess of Human Development: The Terrible Impact of Our Choices for Children

Chapter 11: This Just In: Young Children Don’t Get Enough Exercise

Chapter 12: The Link Between Movement and Challenging Behavior

Chapter 13: Teaching the Whole Child Means Addressing Physical Development, Too

Chapter 14: The Magic of Cross-Lateral Movement

Chapter 15: No Fine Motor Skills? What’s the Big Deal?

Chapter 16: Fidgety, Wiggly Kids: Here’s What’s You Need to Know

Chapter 17: Let’s Do Away with Crisscross-Applesauce

Chapter 18: Five Ways to Sneak Movement into the Curriculum


Chapter 19: “What Is That?”: How We Unwittingly Dampen Children’s Creative Development

Chapter 20: Beyond “One Right Answer”: How to Promote Children’s Thinking Skills

Chapter 21: Should We Be Talking About Sexism in Early Childhood Education?

Chapter 22: Teaching Children to Fear

Chapter 23: School Shootings: What Does Early Childhood Have to Do with Them?

Chapter 24: Life Lessons Learned from Lunchtime

Chapter 25: Children Are Losing Their Connection to Nature and the Consequences Are Real


Chapter 26: Who Are We Protecting When We Ban Children’s Activities?

Chapter 27: The Real Dangers of Childhood: How Do We Help People See Them?

Chapter 28: Shouldn’t School Safety Drills Be Implemented with the Children in Mind?

Chapter 29: Advocating for Children Can Be an Uphill Battle

Chapter 30: What If Early Childhood Professionals Pushed Back?

Chapter 31: ECE Advocacy: We Have the Numbers and the Tools

References and Resources



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