Chapter 8 – Early Childhood: Physical DevelopmentIn this chapter, we will cover motor development and sleep patterns.Motor DevelopmentThe maturing nervous system of children during the preschool yrs brings on significant advancements in motor skills. As the nervous system matures, children are able to engage in more precise and coordinated movements. Motor skills include gross motor skills.Gross motor skills: These are skills employing the large muscles used in locomotion. As per textbook, at about age of 3, children can balance on one foot. By age 3 or 4, they can walk up stairs as adults do, by placing a foot on each step. By age 4 or 5, they can skip and pedal a tricycle. Note: The child appears to acquire motor skills by teaching themselves and observing other children, more than adult instruction at this age. Rough-and-tumble: a form of social, physical activity that includes chasing, running, wrestling. It is not engaged to hurt another, but rather it is social interactions.
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