Physical Development Essay

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By the time a child enters school, aged 5, they are able to execute numerous fine motor skills that allow them to perform many activates to learn and succeed at school. When most people think of their child’s growth and development they can remember the ages at which their child first rolled, crawled, or walked. How many can recall the age at which they picked up small items between their thumb and index finger, or transferred objects from one hand to another? This is the beginning of motor development. Fine motor skills are the collected skills and activities involved using the hands and fingers . Fine motor skills are those skills that require the small muscles of the hand to work together to form precise and refined movements. . It’s…show more content…
Noise, especially loud load noises can impede children’s physical development. According to researchers at Cornell University
“Studies on children living near airports or in noisy urban environments showed delayed development of co ordination and motor skills..... Excessive noise can create a state of distress that hinders children’s developmental progress” (Environmental Influences on Physical Child Development/eHow.com)

Good nutrition starts at birth and should be maintained for life. Schools offer improved menus in school canteens to promote healthy eating which aids in the development of fine and gross motor skills. Curriculum now includes educating children from a young age about good nutrition.
“Nutrition affects all aspects of physical well being, including their energy levels, growth, and ability to concentrate.” McDevitt and Ormrod (2010)

Children need physical activities to grow. Teachers should program regular exercise breaks and games that encourage physical activity. These exercises should be enjoyable and challenging to the child. They should allow the child to improve at their level rather than competitive at this stage. Improving at their level increases self esteem.

Students should participate in daily physical activities that promote development of fundamental movement as children who are unable to do simple gross motor movement often have problems performing fine motor skills (teacher observation). These
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