As you have been learning, your knowledge about the nutritional and fitness needs of children will have the greatest impact when you can share this knowledge in order to help children and their families grow in awareness of and commitment to healthy behaviors and lifestyles. For your blog section this week, prepare a 2-page fact sheet to inform both early childhood professionals and families about the essential aspects of physical fitness for preschool-age children. Use the following guidelines:
Write an introductory paragraph or at least five bullet points that explain why physical fitness is so important for young children. Include at least three developmental skills that children are learning at this age, and describe how physical activities can help children toward mastery of these skills. Be sure to cite evidence from the learning resources or, if desired, use other resources to support your claims.
- Explain what can happen when children do not engage in healthy fitness activities. Be sure to consider the impact on children of being overweight or obese, including implications for health and self-esteem.
- Indicate how adults can help children develop good fitness habits. Describe at least two activities, such as specific games or movements, which are appropriate and enjoyable for children of this age. At least one of the activities should involve gross-motor (locomotor) skills, and another should involve fine-motor (manipulative) skills. Remember, the activities you recommend should be developmentally appropriate, which includes noncompetitive.
- Based on your readings, include at least one inspirational, thought-provoking quote that captures your attitude and/or philosophy about fostering children’s healthy growth and development.
- For your fact sheet, draw on the information in the fitness articles from this week’s Required Resources and your own research to provide evidence about the positive impact that physical activity has on children’s health, both now and in the future. Be sure to cite your sources.
Assignment length: 2 pages
DUE SUNDAY @ 1:00PMEST
Week One Application
Dr. Rebecca Curtis (Put your name here)
This is the abstract, which is typed in block format with no indentation. The abstract briefly summarizes your paper in 120 words or less. Through your abstract, your readers should be able to fully understand the content and the implications of the paper. Also, note that writing this section after the paper itself may be helpful. See section 2.04 APA for tips and more information on writing abstracts.
This is where you write an introduction paragraph. The Abstract tells you what is in the paper, and the introduction tells you more about the theme of the paper. Since this is about Safety Practices and Policies, you can discuss that theme in this introduction paragraph. Remember, a full paragraph is five to seven sentences long. Please look at the APA template to also show you how to write a paper like this.
Part I: Safety Practices and Policies
Make sure you answer all of these sections in the assignment. In the Application paper, you do not need to put the questions in this paper. Please look at the APA template as well. Children are by nature curious and active, eager to test their environment and their own abilities. Professionals who work with young children and their families must be aware that early childhood environments should always have a clear set of policies and practices to ensure the safety of all children. When adults who work with young children in these environments share these policies and practices with families, they can accomplish at least two positive goals: (1) communicating the safety measures, and (2) heightening families’ awareness of safety practices that can and should be in place in their homes.
Begin Section 1 of your course project (which will become your first blog entry) by choosing whether you are going to focus on infants/toddlers or preschoolers. In your entry you must demonstrate an understanding of the risks for injuries associated with the developmental level of your selected age group. If you are currently working with children, you may use your program’s safety policies as one of your resources. Also, draw on Chapters 2, 3, and 4 in your course text for recommended safety policies and specific safety issues associated with your selected age group.
For this section of your blog, complete the following:
- Identify at least five potentially hazardous situations/safety threats common to your age group.
- For each of the hazardous situations or safety threats:
- Summarize specific safety policies that apply to these situations/threats.
- Describe measures that should be taken to prevent and/or deal with these situations/threats.
- Indicate what families can do to ensure the safety of the child at home.
Note: Your aim should be not only to encourage families to practice better safety practices in their homes, but also to build a spirit of partnership.
Assignment length: 1–2 pages
The conclusion section should recap the major points of your paper. However, perhaps more importantly, the conclusion should also interpret what you have written and what it means in the bigger picture. To help write your concluding remarks, consider asking yourself these questions: What do you want to happen with the information you have provided? What do you want to change? What is your ultimate goal in using this information? What would it mean if the suggestions in your paper were taken and used?
Ayers, W. (1989). The good preschool teacher: Six teachers reflect on their lives. New York: Teachers College Press.
Addams, J. (1910). Twenty years at Hull-House with autobiographical notes. Retrieved October 24, 2015, from http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/addams/hullhouse/hullhouse.html
Locke, J. (1693). Some thoughts concerning education. Retrieved October 24, 2015, from
Robertson, C. (2013). Safety, nutrition, and health in early education (5th ed.). Belmont, CA.:
EDUC 1005 Application Assignment Evaluation Criteria
Application Assignments are worth a maximum of 400 points for the entire course.
Note: For privacy purposes, you may not include the actual name of any student, parent, or professional referenced in the assignment.
In this course there are five graded Application Assignments. Each is worth a maximum of 80 points, which will be awarded as follows:
- Response demonstrates a full understanding and correct use of the concepts and/or strategies as presented in the Learning Resources.
- Response follows directions and includes all components indicated in the instructions. If requested, references are included and properly cited.
- Writing demonstrates mastery of all criteria for high academic literacy standards as indicated in “Writing Across the Curriculum” (see below).
- Response demonstrates a general understanding and correct use of the concepts and/or strategies as presented in the Learning Resources.
- Response follows directions and includes most components indicated in the instructions. If requested, references are included and properly cited.
- Writing demonstrates mastery of most criteria for high academic literacy standards as indicated in “Writing Across the Curriculum” (see below).
40 or fewer points
- Response demonstrates a minimal understanding and correct use of the concepts and/or strategies as presented in the Learning Resources.
- Response does not follow all directions and is missing components indicated in the instructions. If requested, references are not included and properly cited.
- Writing is unclear and/or disorganized. Thoughts are not expressed in a logical manner. Few criteria for high academic literacy standards as indicated in “Writing Across the Curriculum” (see below) are followed.
Writing Across the Curriculum
Walden University is committed to high academic literacy standards. To develop these skills in students, this course has a strong emphasis on written assignments which may include Content Review questions, Application Assignments, case study analyses, observations, and online discussions. All assignments are expected to meet the following standards:
- Clear central idea carefully and coherently developed and with intended emphasis
- Correct grammar; no persistent mechanical errors
- Neat appearance with evidence of having been carefully proofread
- Academic integrity and honesty
- Full documentation of research work
References cited using APA style (except in Discussion