Rae Pica

Give Toddlers Developmentally Appropriate Programs

In a college student’s observation of toddler child care, a teacher is described as making toddlers sit still on mats. The fifteen-month old little boy in the circle keeps taking his mat out from under his bottom and playing with it. His teacher insists he use his mat appropriately, saying, “No, no, no. We put […]

What If Kids Didn’t Need To Act Out? Ask Rae Pica!

Celebrating World Teacher Day With Rae Pica! I’ve seen a lot of obnoxious behaviors and I admit I cleared a kindergarten class a couple times early on, before I knew better. I had a kid who tossed around pretty much everything in my Principal’s office, experienced the ‘joys’ of a key job on my car, […]

Looking for Intelligent Life in Early Childhood Education

I am half way through Erika Christakis’ book, The Importance of Being Little. It is nice to read something written by someone who a) Understands early childhood, and b) isn’t overly academic, and c) isn’t too gentle with the idiocies of the corporate early education model. My friend, Rae Pica, also writes with the courage […]

The Road Less Traveled: Challenging Behavior and Becoming Mindful

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When we talk about children’s challenging behavior, there are several conversational roads we take. The first, more old-fashioned and “mindless”, instead of “mindful” (Ellen J. Langer)road we take is this: “He’s spoiled. His father does everything for him. They don’t’ discipline him at home.”This is a comment from a very young ECE student about a […]

A Tale of Two Studies: What We Know About Children and What We Do

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In 2005, Dr. Walter Gilliam, a researcher from Yale University, released a study examining the expulsion rates of preschoolers. That’s right — expulsion. As in kicked out. Dr. Gilliam found that in his large, nationally representative sample of prekindergarten programs, preschoolers were being expelled at THREE TIMES the rate of students in grades K-12. Are […]

What IF Everybody Understood Child Development? by Rae Pica

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This is an A plus read for everybody wanting to make sense of early childhood education! Simply said, Rae Pica walks the talk with plain language about what kiddos really need to survive and thrive in today’s challenging STEM world. It’s up to us to protect our littles and ensure each child is treated as […]

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