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Physical Development & Activities in Early Childhood - Chapter Summary
This chapter includes lessons on physical development and activities in early childhood. You will learn about biomechanics and locomotor skills. By the time you finish studying these resources, you should be comfortable with recalling the following:
- Development of balance and fine motor skills
- Difference between locomotor and non-locomotor skills
- Different types of motor skills
- Body awareness
- Field of biomechanics
- Ways to improve flexibility
- Significance of hand-eye coordination
- Evolution of physical education
- Quality physical education
- Health-related vs skill-related physical fitness
- Importance of stretching
- Role of teachers in physical education
- Significance of physical activity
- Overload principle
Knowledgeable instructors will thoroughly explain each topic that is mentioned above. The video lessons are short in length and come with a timeline feature that allows you to skip around to specific areas of the lesson. The text lessons have critical keywords and phrases in bold to emphasize importance. Take our quizzes when you are done with each lesson to make sure you are retaining the material being presented to you.
1. Physical Development in Early Childhood
Between the ages of two and seven, children grow and develop dramatically. Watch this lesson to look at some of the physical developments in early childhood, including balance, fine motor coordination and brain development.
2. What Are Locomotor Skills? - Definition, Instruction & Examples
We are about to get a move on, literally! This lesson describes the difference between locomotor and non-locomotor skills and explains the vital role each plays in the development of a child's physical abilities.
3. Teaching Progressions for Motor Skill Attainment
In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of motor skills and why these are so important to a child's development. Find out what is meant by motor skills progression and how you can support students appropriately.
4. Body Awareness: Definition & Explanation
What is body awareness and why is it important? This lesson will define body awareness as well as offer explanations to consider regarding body awareness.
5. What is Biomechanics? - Definition & Applications
Exactly what is the study of biomechanics? In this lesson we'll define the field and explore just a few of the applications biomechanics has in our everyday lives.
6. Flexibility in Fitness: Definition, Stretches & Exercises
Flexibility is important in fitness because it allows for better performance when playing sports or exercising, and during your day-to-day activities, it makes bending, walking, and lifting easier. In this lesson, you will learn how stretching and certain types of exercises can help improve flexibility.
7. What Is Hand-Eye Coordination? - Definition, Skills & Development
Have you ever seen a baby trying to pick up a toy? Kind of interesting to watch as they learn to grip and grasp, right? How does hand-eye coordination work, and when does it develop? Read on to find out.
8. Current Trends in Physical Education
Back in the day, physical education classes were all about dodge ball, kick ball, and other fun team sports. Today, not so much. The lack of activity in children's free time has meant a new look at how physical education is taught in schools. Read on to find out what this means to crab soccer players today.
9. What is Physical Education? - Definition & Overview
In this lesson you will learn about physical education and how it contributes to total growth and development in youth. You will also gain an understanding of what a quality physical education program looks like.
10. Health-Related & Skill-Related Physical Fitness
In this lesson, you will learn about the difference between health-related physical fitness and skill-related physical fitness. You will also gain a clear understanding of the characteristics that are health-related or skill-related.
11. Components of Exercise Programs: Aerobics, Strength Training & Stretching
Ever wonder what stretching, strength training, and aerobic exercises are? You'll learn about them in this lesson. You'll also find out what some basic recommendations are for each type of exercise.
12. The Teacher's Role in Elementary & Secondary Physical Education
In this lesson you will learn about the role that elementary and secondary level classroom teachers play in physical education. You will also learn how teachers can incorporate physical education into the classroom.
13. How Physical Activity Impacts Childhood Development
Physical activity is an important aspect of childhood development for many reasons. This lesson will explore the importance of physical activity for healthy development and will end with a quiz to test your knowledge.
14. Physical Activity: Health, Fitness and Performance
Physical activity is any movement of your muscles that uses energy. Physical activity helps you achieve better health, fitness and performance. Learn how the overload principle and specificity principle improve your fitness and performance.
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