“We’re still raving about your presentations. The feedback from both the public and staff was uniformly positive. …You have a gift for presenting research and practical ideas in a fun, interactive way. The activities you suggested can be put into use immediately and we are all looking forward to giving them a try.”

Betsy Brainerd, Family Place Librarian, Arapahoe Libraries

“Rae practices what she preaches – we hear it, we see it, we say it, and we do it!”

Cheryl Burns-Stephens, Training & Curriculum Specialist

“Rae’s ideas, comments and suggestions are wonderful! They can be easily adapted for any pre-school program, even my pre-school handicapped class of 3-5 year olds.”

Rebecca Wanatick, Preschool Handicapped Teacher

“Thank you so much for spending three days with us here at Miami University….I cannot thank you enough for the time, energy, professionalism, and ‘down-to-earthism’ you displayed during the entire visit.”

David E. Belka, Physical Education, Health & Sport Studies, Miami University, Oxford OH

“I wanted to thank you so much for the successful workshop you presented at the college during the Week of the Young Child. The energy and interest you generated in movement, music and learning are important for child care professionals…”

Anita Ward French, ECE Program Coordinator, New Hampshire Community Technical College

“Rae is a magnificent presenter and a great motivating person…I’ve taught school 28 years and you are one of the best presenters ever.”

Jacquie Hall Herne, Pre-K Teacher

Whole-Child and Active Learning Professional Development Workshops Include:

 

Active Learning Across the Curriculum:
Teaching the Way They Learn!

The domains of child development — physical, social/emotional, and cognitive — are so intertwined in the early years thata child can’t learn something in one domain without learning something in the others. To truly educate the whole child, whole child developmentwe must recognize children as thinking, feeling, moving human beings who learn through all their senses. In this workshop, participants explore activities that will offer children meaningful and long-lasting educational experiences in art, language arts, mathematics, music, science and social studies.

Physical Development & Beyond:
Why Young Children Need to Move

When we think of the words children and movement, physical development is usually the first benefit to come to mind. And physical development – in terms of movement skills and fitness – is critical in early childhood. But movement also has much to offer in the cognitive and social/emotional domains. Rae’s most popular presentation explores movement’s valuable role in all aspects of a child’s development and demonstrates just how easy it is to make movement part of every child’s life and education.

Note: This session can also be titled Wiggle, Giggle, & Shake: Movement & the Young Child.

Break Them Out of the Mold!: Creativity in the Age of Standardized Testing

Why is creativity important, and why, in this country, does it peak at about age 4? Structured classroom environments, insistence upon conformity, academic accountability, and emphasis on competition are often blamed for squelching creative potential. Yet the characteristics of creativity are what today’s kids will most need as they venture into an ever-changing future. This presentation offers ideas and encouragement to those hoping to nurture creativity, self-expression, and problem-solving skills.

Jump into Literacy!

Policy may have changed, but children haven’t; they still need to experience concepts to fully understand them. That includes concepts falling under the heading of literacy and the language arts. This presentation explores the use of movement and music as tools in the promotion of children’s emergent literacy.

Jump into Math & Science!

Policy may have changed, but children haven’t; they still need to experience concepts to fully understand them. That includes concepts falling under the heading of math and science. This presentation explores the use of movement and music as tools in the exploration of and acquisition of knowledge in early mathematics and science.

Physical Fitness & the Early Childhood Curriculum

Should children’s physical fitness be the responsibility of early childhood professionals? Yes! We are responsible for children’s bodies as well as their minds. This participatory workshop explores the concept of developmentally appropriate physical activity, the five health-related components of physical fitness, and ideas for helping young children to become lifelong movers!

Moving & Learning Across the Curriculum:
Linking PE & the Early Childhood Classroom

The domains of child development — physical, social/emotional, and cognitive — are so intertwined in the early years that a child can’t learn something in one domain without learning something in the others. This workshop offers activities that provide young children with both physical education and conceptual understanding in the content areas of art, language arts, math, music, science, and social studies.

NOTE: Rae will design her presentation specifically to meet your needs! Contact her today to explore the possibilities.

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