My early childhood education work – whether it’s in the form of keynotes, consulting, coaching, books, articles, or radio interviews – is primarily dedicated to the understanding, now confirmed through brain research, that active learning equals authentic learning. We have to teach to the whole child!

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EARLY CHILDHOOD KEYNOTE SPEAKER

"Children don’t exist only from the neck up. They are thinking, feeling, moving human beings who learn through all their senses.”

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION KEYNOTES & WORKSHOPS

Since 1980 parent, education, and professional groups throughout North America have enjoyed Rae’s lively and informative presentations. View Presentation Schedule

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“I shouldn’t have to defend play for children any more than I should have to defend their eating, sleeping, and breathing.”

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“Childhood is not a dress rehearsal for adulthood, nor is it a race. It is separate, unique, and a very special phase of life.”

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“We talk so much about preparing kids for school but give very little thought to preparing schools for kids.”

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“If we accept that no two snowflakes are alike, why wouldn’t we accept that no two [children] – even of the same gender and age – are alike?”

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ARTICLES

Here you’ll find a selection of articles I’ve written about education. To learn more simply click below for all titles.

ACTIVE LEARNING WITH RAE

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How to Help Children Learn to Wait

Young children aren’t known for their ability to wait. It’s not yet a part of their skill set. However, as is the case with sitting, just instructing them to do so isn’t the way to go. The children may obey you, but all they’ve really learned is to be obedient and compliant. And perhaps resentful! No, if we want them to learn to wait with grace, we have to tap into their intrinsic motivation – their desire to do something because it is personally rewarding, not because it’s being rewarded from the outside – for instance, with compliments or stickers. As I’ve said on more than one occasion, nothing motivates a young child like fun! That’s where these circle games come in.

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