Preschool Obervation Project...The Growth And Developmet Of A Preschooler

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The growth and Development of a Preschooler Physical Physically, a preschooler's body starts to even out. On average, a four-year-old is 40.7 inches tall and weighs around thirty-six pounds. An average five-year-old is 43.5 inches tall and weighs around forty and one half pounds. The average six-year-old is about forty-six years old and weighs around forty-five pounds. Their bodies tend to become straighter and slimmer. They hold themselves upright and balance and coordination improve. Jackson is tall for his age and weighs a bit more too.

Most of the motor skills that preschoolers possess are the same as they were as a toddler, only they are enhanced. Their walking, running, and climbing all become better developed. Learning how to throw and catch large and small balls becomes an accomplishment. They become faster and their coordination improves as well. Fingers and hands become capable of more such as buttoning, snapping, zipping their own clothing to tying their shoes by the age of six.

At a higher level of preschool-age, the ability to judge depth in throwing, catching, building, and drawing is increased.

Children at this age need lots of energy. The way that they obtain this is through eating, just like anybody else. The amount of food a child eats is related to his or her height, weight, activities, and temperament. Children should eat from each of the food groups, only in smaller portions to accommodate their size. Snacks should be as nutritious as a meal. Adding variety to a child's meal is important too. Cutting sandwiches and vegetables into different shapes makes it more interesting to eat. Letting the children be active in shopping for the food and preparing the food will get them excited about eating it even if it is not sweet.

About age six is when preschoolers...