Speaking

“You’re an inspiration to me. I have to tell you that I was starting to question the direction of ECE and then I went to your presentation and was refilled with the reasons I got into the field. Thank you for giving me back my purpose.”

I wish we could bring you to this event every year!! Your inspiration and call to advocacy are truly outstanding!!”

“… I saw her present … in an auditorium with theatre seating, more than 500 people, and she had everyone on their feet moving around ….The down side is that she’s a hard act to follow so your next conference has to be really special!!”

“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

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

Cheryl Burns-Stephens, Training & Curriculum Specialist

“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

Merchandise

“These are great — such a useful resource!”

Kathy Brodie, Early Years Training Specialist & Author

“I’m so excited about these handouts and can’t wait to show everyone at our school! Thank you for creating these!”

Lauren Boyle, Founder & Curriculum Director, Lupine Lane School

“What a wonderful home/school connection tool. Great information too!”

Jody Martin, Professional Learning Content Manager, Frog Street

“These will be wonderful attachments to my monthly newsletter!”

Dawn Stonehocker

“These are brilliant.”

Christine Schwarz

Books

“Your book reassured me that it is OK for me to let [my daughter] be a kid and not give into the super kid’s mentality many parents have. THANK YOU!!!!”

Melissa Warner

“I absolutely LOVED your book–this message is so very important. There have been a couple of other books on the subject, but yours was better researched and covered the topic more fully and clearly!”

Shelley Butler, Field Guide to Parenting

“In this highly readable book, it’s obvious that Rae Pica understands the dilemmas and needs of parents today. With her warm and reassuring style, she offers a clear picture of the research and theory behind what’s essential in childhood – along with sound advice and practical suggestions.”

Hedda Sharapan, Director Early Childhood Initiatives, Family Communications, Inc. producers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

“Useful ideas, songs, and movements to keep kids alert and engaged between activities. Excellent!”

“Teacher Rave,” Instructor Magazine

“This is the best child development book I have ever read! This book is straightforward and applicable. My favorite part of your book is the section, “What’s a Teacher to Do?” The advice given in these sections is extremely useful in the classroom. it is so refreshing to read a book that gives practical application to use to solve the problems!”

Valerie Trimble

Rae Pica has it just right! In Active Learning Across the Curriculum, fun and fresh activities jump off the page, and we dive into irresistible best practices in six content areas. Strikingly, this gifted author makes such great sense of extensive research in the field that we are at once absorbed into a way of thinking—rich in content, rationale and robust pedagogy. Thank you sincerely, Rae Pica, for this opportunity to join you in delivering on promises and practices, which forever enhance the lives of young children. Your astute book—crisp, concise and consistent—is, indeed, easy to pick up and hard to put down. Kudos! With great appreciation!

Sally Durbin, National Board Certified Teacher

Teachers often look for new ways to teach concepts. Active Learning Across the Curriculum by Rae Pica is a wonderful addition to any elementary teacher’s professional library. “Movement is a young child’s preferred mode of learning,” is exactly right and an integral part of an early childhood classroom. This book has multiple ways of using developmentally appropriate practices to ensure children understand basic concepts. It also goes a step further as it addresses such issues as “personal space.” As an early childhood advocate, I would highly recommend this book for novice teachers and masters alike as they search for fresh ideas.

Becky Villareal, Retired Teacher

“For those of us who believe that ‘play is the right of every child,’ this collection of non-competitive, non-embarrassing, non-eliminating, and yet fun and instructional games for young children, is highly welcomed in the early childhood community! I love the way Rae describes why each game is important in terms of cognitive, social/emotional, and physical benefits thus helping teachers articulate to parents and administrators that play is an ‘essential part’ of any curriculum for young children.”

Marcy Guddemi, Executive Director Gesell Institute for Human Development

“What a pleasure to read common sense wisdom about what young children need!”

Diane Ravitch, Research Professor of Education

Podcast

“I do like – even love – and definitely appreciate BAM radio! Long may you continue.”

Gay Macdonald, Executive Director, UCLA Early Care & Education

“BAM Radio has been an assignment in CHD 120 for several semesters. It gives students an opportunity to explore a number of issues in ECE and consider advocacy positions.”

Susan Johnson, professor, Northern Virginia Community College

“Last night my students sang your praises because they really enjoy the radio broadcasts. I played one for them on challenging children last night for discussion. One home day are provider said that she has so few professional development opportunities that listening to your shows helps fill the void.”

Gail Multop, professor, Northern Virginia Community College

“It is wonderful the breadth and depth of the BAM network you have built and are expanding! The topics really interest me and are definitely what I hear being talked about in the halls of preschools and elementary schools I am in.”

Deborah Michals, author & educational consultant