Moving & Learning Across the Curriculum: More Than 300 Games and Activities to Make Learning Fun! Ages 4-8

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Thomson Delmar Learning, 2006 - Education - 286 pages
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Moving and Learning Across the Curriculum: More Than 300 Activities and Games to Make Learning Fun is now out in its? 2nd edition. Movement is the young child?s preferred method of learning. This is because when a child physically experiences concepts, they understand them more completely and retain the information longer. Retention has been proven to increase when children?s senses are involved in the learning process, and this book provides hundreds of activities that help to teach major concepts in the content areas of art, language arts, math, music, science, and social studies. The domains of child development are completely intertwined in the early years making it important to incorporate them all throughout the learning process. This book will show the early childhood professional how to educate the ?whole child,? covering all of the domains of child development which include physical, social/emotional, and cognitive. To truly educate the child, they must be recognized as thinking, feeling, moving human beings with the need to experience with all of their senses. Moving and Learning Across the Curriculum, 2e, provides the activities to achieve that level of learning with features including detailed lesson plans, outdoor alternatives, updated resources, and enhanced ?curriculum connectors? with additional suggestions for children?s literature and music. An ideal resource for the early childhood professional, this book offers everything needed to use movement as a teaching tool.

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Rae Pica is the founder and director of Moving & Learning ( and has been a children's physical activity specialist since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 18 books, including the award-winning GREAT GAMES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN and JUMP INTO LITERACY. Rae is known for her lively and informative workshop and keynote presentations and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Gymboree, and state health departments throughout the country. Rae also served on the task force of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) that created national guidelines for early childhood physical activity, and is a member of several advisory boards. In addition, Rae is cofounder of the BAM Radio Network ( and host of an Internet radio program called "Body, Mind and Child," for which she interviews experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more. She also co-hosts, along with Jerlean Daniel, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC Radio.

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