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A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity and Free Time Create a Successful Child

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What parent doesn't want their child to achieve and get a head start on the path to success? But, life today for young children has become a dress rehearsal for type-A adulthood— a competition to be the best. Parents have been led to believe that enrolling their kids full time in special classes, extracurricular academics, competitive sports, and other structured, high-com ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 21st 2006 by Da Capo Press (first published December 20th 2006)
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Wendy
May 20, 2010 Wendy rated it really liked it
I've been fortunate enough to work for Rae Pica, and I have used her books in college and work. This one is a great overview of what she stands for- the body and mind connection. A lot of the information was not new to me, but for someone with little early childhood knowledge, this would be the perfect way to learn about physical activity and how it effects children in life. She's a huge proponent of free play and recess with very little organized sports at a young age, and she can give you the ...more
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Jul 03, 2012 Heather rated it liked it


I liked the first few chapters quite a bit. And I absolutely agree with her main points: kids NEED more unstructured, unplugged time. In the chapters on education and the classroom I agreed with her main points, but the research she cites is controversial and she fails to propose a good alternative to testing to ensure all children get equal educational opportunities. In the chapter on self esteem the research she cited is weak and unimpressive.
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