Developmentally Appropriate Practices and The Preschool Child

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Wellness is imperative to a healthy life. Sometimes, people do not really consider what makes up wellness, they simply think of it as being “well”. Wellness may be a state of being “well”, however, it incorporates different areas such as nutrition, health, safety, nurturing, and emotional stability. People must be healthy in all of these areas in order to achieve wellness. This is not an easy task for an adult but definitely not for children. In order for children to achieve wellness, they are completely dependent upon the adults in their lives; parents / caregivers, friends, and teachers.
In order to achieve wellness, teachers / caregivers must model and exhibit appropriate behaviors, i.e. exercise, healthy eating habits, personal
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She also needs to increase the amount of exercise her family gets on a weekly basis. As a mom, a working one at that, it is sometimes difficult to put the amount of exercise her family needs in to a daily routine. That is why she will at least incorporate a good amount in to a weekly routine. Learning about wellness for children in the classroom has also benefited her family at home. She realizes the areas that need to be improved for her family to achieve wellness.
Nutrition, hygiene, and safety are very important factors that work together in order to achieve wellness. If people eat unhealthy foods that contain a lot of sugar, extra additives, and poor nutritional value, they are not only hurting their bodies, but also their minds. Children who eat lots of sugar will get cavities in their teeth, possibly gain weight and not enjoy exercising. That is why teachers must include all areas in their daily teachings. Teachers need to teach kids the importance of eating healthy foods, incorporating good personal hygiene, teaching them the importance of safety at all times, and doing all of this in a loving, stable environment. As stated in our book, “The early childhood years, birth through age 8, are important years for growing and learning and represent a crucial time for establishing children’s wellness,” (Sorte, et al., 2011).
Early Education Teachers must use developmentally appropriate practices during their teaching. This means that credible strategies are
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