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Early Childhood:

The Preschooler

Challenge
At the end of this module, challenge yourself to:
Describe Preschool children's physical growth.
Identify the different gross and fine motors skills.
Draw implications of these concepts on physical
development on teaching preschoolers.

From the captions that you


gave for the pictures, what
Physical characteristics of a
preschoolers came out?

What Can you say about


Preschoolers Physical
Development?

Big Ideas about the Physical


Development of preschoolers

1. Significant changes in the physical


growth of preschoolers.
2. They can express themselves artistically
at a very early age.
3. The preschoolers physical development
is marked by the acquisition of gross and
fine motor skills.

4. Importance of Proper nutrition


and right amount of sleep.
5. Maximizing the growth and
development of a preschooler with
the help of the teacher.
6. Preschoolers with special needs in
inclusive classrooms can thrive well
with the appropriate adaption made
in the classroom, material and
activities.

Significant Changes in
Physical Growth

Physical Growth increases in


the preschool years
The Center of Gravity
Baby or Milk teeth are
already in place

Gross and fine motor


development
Gross Motor:

Locomotor
Non-locomotor
Manipulative skills

By
the
end
of
the
DIFFERENT
Preschool
years
ENVIRONMENTS
PROVIDE
DIFFERENT
Most
children
EXPERIENCES
WITH
manage to
FINE MOTOR SKILLS.

Preschoolers Artistic
Development
Stages of drawing accrdg. To
Victor Lowenfeld

1.Scribbling stage.
2.Preschematic stage.
3.Schematic stage.

Preschoolers Nutrition and


sleep
The kind of nutrition a
preschooler gets has
far-reaching effect on
his physical growth and
development.

What can a
preschoolers do:

Gross Motor: 36-48 months


Hops 1 to 3 steps on
preferred foot
Skips (w/alternating feet)
Jumps and turn
Stands on one leg w/o
falling for at least 5 seconds
Throws a ball overhead and
control of direction.

Fine Motor Skills:


(36-48 months)

Turning pages of a story book and


looking at pictures w/Interest.
Purposefully copies diagonal lines
Purposefully bisects a cross
Purposefully copies a square
Purposefully copies a triangle
Cuts with scissors following a line

Personal care and hygiene


(36-48 moths)

Fours from pitcher w/o spillage


Feeds self using spoon w/o spillage
Dresses w/o assistance except for
buttons and tying laces
Puts on socks independently.