Several weeks ago, the Smith family enrolled their four-year-old son, Trevor, in the Cute Kiddies Early Education Center. Trevor's teacher, Mrs. Jones, has observed that Trevor does not like to participate in activities that involve running, climbing, jumping, or more than minimal physical movement. When presented with toys such as a ball or mitt, Trevor seems clumsy and unsure of how to use them, making him reluctant to play with the other children outdoors. Furthermore, Trevor appears to be overweight for his age and height. His parents often send him to school with his lunch bag full of snacks, such as cheese puffs and sugary drinks. During Mrs. Jones' initial interview with Trevor's family, Mr. and Mrs. Smith mentioned that Trevor spends most of his free time playing hand held video games and watching cartoons. The Smiths said they would like to spend more time with Trevor playing outdoors, but their work schedules make this very challenging. As a childcare provider, Mrs. Jones must be cognizant of religious beliefs, cultural practices, and other general health concerns such as diabetes. Take this into consideration when responding to the case study questions below.
What can the school do to address the concerns?
There is little that can be done. The first three years of a child's life are critical. The nature/nurture question has plenty of research backing the fact that brain synapses form in the first three years of life and if the environment is showing a diet and fitness foundation as is stated, the only hope left is peer ...
Health concerns and childhood activities are discussed.