Please respond to Brianne with 250 words
The topic from chapter 11 I chose is motor skills in late childhood.
3From myhealth.alberta.ca, I really liked how easy the website was to navigate. The author, Healthwise staff, stated: “Milestones usually are grouped into five major areas: physical growth, cognitive development, emotional and social development, language development, and sensory and motor development” (2018).
This goes along the lines of the three domains we did in the observation, so it was just nice to see that information and actually understand it.
From www.kidcentraltn.com, their main viewpoint is being active and engaging in sports/playground time is much more important than staying indoors and using technology all day.
“Screen time- in front of the TV and computer- should be limited, which will lead to more active play” (2018). I liked this statement because my parents did the complete opposite with me! I intend to have my son be more active than I ever was at this age.
These websites mainly talk about developmental milestones of 8–10-year-old. They help explain the changes these children go through developmentally and how parents can handle those changes. When I did research on these milestones, it got me thinking of how different these milestones are than what I’ve learned for younger children.
For the first example, I’m discussing chapter 2. In this chapter, we learned a great bit about Piaget and his stages of development. His first cognitive developmental stage, the sensorimotor stage, “begins at birth and lasts until 2. It relates to objects and people through the senses and motor skills” (Martin and Fabes, 2009, p. 40).
Some of the first reflexive behaviours are sucking and grasping, and these develop into something greater and stronger as they get older; think of the milestones of a 10-year-old in this case. The milestones that occur between birth and 8, 9, or even 10 years old are incredible. Babies begin with such basic skills and sooner than you think, they’re acting as smaller adults.
Also, in chapter 5, Martin and Fabes discuss gross and fine motor skills in infants and toddlers. “These skills involve movements of large muscle groups, such as moving the legs to walk around and controlling the head and body enough to sit up” (p. 149).
The difference in these motor skills versus the motor skills of a 10-year-old is humongous! Infants and toddlers are building many of their first and basic motor skills while a 10-year-old is “reading chapter books and writing in cursive” (myhealth.alberta.ca).
The same goes for chapter 8 of the text, physical development in early childhood. According to Martin and Fabes, children must organise the coordination of their hands and eyes in order to fold a piece of paper or just to use a pair of scissors (2009, p. 251). Children ages from 8-10 years old are much more beyond this. They’re building their skills in multiplication and division.
Lastly, chapter 11 talks about motor skills as well. “During late childhood, children become more coordinated, stronger, and more agile, and they fine-tune their motor skills” (Martin and Fabes, 2009, p. 347).
As I’ve previously mentioned, you consider an infant’s motor skills. These tiny babies are so new to the world and they rely on their reflexes in the first weeks of life. You then consider the motor skills of a child in elementary school.
He/she has made significant changes in the last 8-10 years of their life. According to myhealth.alberta.ca, most children by age 10 have developed endurance. Many can ride a bike, run, and play basketball” (2018). As children grow older, they find ways to use their motor skills more effectively and efficiently.
Martin and Fabes. (2009). Discovering Child Development 2nd edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon
https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/Pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=ue5722 December 12, 2018. Health-wise Staff.