Rae Pica Consulting

Moving & Learning


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

What you'll learn

  • Create a sense of community among children – which is vital to avoiding challenging behavior.
  • Teach children the good feelings that come from working toward a common purpose or goal.
  • Help foster self-regulation through motivating, fun games.
  • Prevent restlessness with brain breaks.
  • Promote a sense of calm with relaxation exercises.

Course Content

  • Section 1: Introduction
  • Section 2: Create a Positive Learning Environment with These Tips
  • Section 3: What the Research Says
    • … About Sitting
    • … About Fidgeting
    • … About Active Learning
    • … About the Connection Between Physical Activity and Learning
  • Section 4: Build Community with Circle Games
  • Section 5: Promote Prosocial Skills with Cooperative Games
  • Section 6: Foster Self-Regulation with Games
  • Section 7: Prevent Restlessness with Brain Breaks
  • Section 8: Promote a Sense of Calm with Relaxation Exercises
  • Section 9: Conclusion

Online Learning

Avoid Challenging Behavior in Your Early Childhood Setting



This two-hour course gives you solid, proven methods to prevent behavior challenges before they disrupt the classroom. It also shows you how to create a calmer, happier learning environment.

As a result of the self-regulation, calming and cooperative skills you’ve taught the children, they will have friendlier feelings toward you and each other. In this new, more positive environment, children will have added time to learn and will retain their natural love of learning.

Plus, you’ll be much less stressed and can rekindle your love of children and teaching!

Learning models include easy-to-implement sample activities and “Curriculum Connectors,” so you can understand and explain why the children aren’t “just playing.”


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

– Rae Pica

About Rae

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

Consultant for:
Centers for Disease Control Sesame Street Research Department
Bright Horizons Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues
Hasbro Chicago Children’s Museum
Mattel Nike
Head Start Bureau Gymboree


What Others are Saying

“You are truly a service to all educators. What a gift you are!”
~ Eric Jensen, Jensen Learning

“You are truly a blessing to children and their caretakers.”
~ Chris Dreher, Napa CA

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Speaking Events



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