Avoid behavior challenges!
Movement is not misbehavior! Current policies in the early childhood field ask teachers to treat children as though they exist from the neck up—even though research clearly demonstrates that the mind-body connection is vital to development. Rae Pica advocates for active learning, not only because it’s developmentally appropriate but because doing so promotes a calmer, friendlier, and less challenging learning environment.
Section I provides theory, research, and language to advocate for active learning. Section II offers suggestions on how to create a positive learning environment, and Rae offers some of her own past missteps in hopes that readers will be able to learn from her mistakes. Section III contains 200 ready-to-use movement activities that can be easily implemented into the day. Most require no materials, and every activity includes “Curriculum Connections,” so readers can understand and clearly explain why the children aren’t “just playing.”