ECE 214: Teaching Wellness To Children And Families

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Teaching Wellness to Children and Families Marie Curie ECE 214 Instructor O’Brien March 14, 2011 Teaching Wellness to Children and Families The Self-Inventory for Wellness Practices chart in Chapter 1 of our text is a very useful tool. Reading over these practices helped me gain some insight regarding my own wellness and the wellness of young children. Everyone could benefit from completing this Self-Inventory chart. When it came to some areas of the Self-Inventory for Wellness Practices regarding myself I was pleased to be able to answer most of the areas in a positive way. However, I am definitely slacking in some of the areas. One category on the list which I could not say I practice is drinking skim or 1% milk and choosing…show more content…
The fact is that these three things interrelate to affect the wellness of families and young children. Our book tells us, “When housing costs require such a large portion of the family income, the family struggles to meet other basic needs, including food and healthcare.” (Sorte, Daeschel &Amador, 2011, p.13) If a family does not have enough money to buy healthy food, the children may not have a healthy breakfast. This can effect more than the child’s nutritional health. Our book tells us, “Breakfast is a very important meal and enhances learning.” (Sorte, Daeschel & Amador, 2011, p.25) If children do not get proper nutrition they may not be able to concentrate on learning. This is an example of how nutritional health can affect mental health. Proper nutrition can also affect adult’s and children’s safety. When proper nutrition is not received children and adults are more prone to catch illnesses. They may also not have energy to function properly and could risk physical injury when doing a strenuous…show more content…
Although we, as teachers, may use developmentally appropriate practices to teach wellness concepts to the pre-school children in our care, if there is not a follow-through at home it will be hard for the child to continue these habits. Nevertheless, we still need to try to implement these wellness concepts into our everyday teaching with the hopes that they will sink in. Our book tells us, “Children have their own way of learning. Some are visual learners, some are auditory learners, and some learn using a combination of skills and abilities to absorb information.” (Sorte, Daeschel & Amador, 2011, p.38) Knowing this, we have to find appropriate ways to teach all of the children about

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