Reflection 1: Infancy and toddlerhood
Before taking this course I already had a prior knowledge on infant and toddler development being a child development and family relations major. I have worked hands on with children in this age range and from previous courses know a lot about their physical growth and development. I knew that baby’s had poorly developed muscles in the beginning stages of life, but I didn’t know how long it took to get the muscles to develop. When holding a child we were always taught to support the neck and never let it just flop around. It was interesting to find out that even though a baby might be able to lift its head at one month its neck muscles are not fully developed until three months. By the time a child reaches two years of age their baby fat will start to disappear and be replaced by muscle from their constant movement like running and jumping.
I think it is important for caregivers and instructors in the classroom to promote healthy habits that will also help with muscle growth and development. Simple things in a day like making sure infants are getting a nutritious meal and toddlers are getting plenty of physical activity can make a difference in how they develop. To accommodate all toddlers during activities is just making sure you are accommodating all types of learners through visual, auditory, and physical examples! By asking a child to kick a ball you are promoting their muscle development through auditory commands which is maybe how the child learns best. These different learning styles also make sure that all the children are engaged in the activity. As for nutritious accommodations an educator needs to see that all the infants are fed and chart how much the child is eating e...
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...ing and gradually receiving their independence this is when these children will test limits set by parents and teachers.
In this phase I think it is important for teachers to reinforce the classroom rules and to be consistent with children who test the rules. Having the child use their words will help teachers know how the child feels, and help to give an appropriate response to their behavior. If talking doesn’t put the child in time out for the number of minutes that correspond with their age. With children developing their own special interests be sure to try to incorporate these interest into classroom learning this will help children be engaged in learning. For example if a child loves dinosaurs maybe read a book about them to the class.
Shelov, S.P. (2009). Caring for your baby and young child birth to age 5. (5th ed.) Bantam
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