Web Exercises

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Web Exercise #1: Breastfeeding Laws

LO 4.1 Discuss growth and the role of nutrition in development during infancy and toddlerhood.

Chapter 4 introduces students to the importance of breastfeeding. However, women may sometimes face challenges to breastfeeding. Consider the following scenarios, view the websites provided, and answer the questions.

  1. Joyce is a new mother who breastfeeds. She recently got a new job working as a custodian in a local middle school. After working for three days, she complains to her supervisor that she feels rushed on her 15-minute breaks, does not have enough time to pump milk on her breaks, and feels uncomfortable that the only place available for her to pump is a bathroom stall. According to the law, what should her supervisor do?
  2. Lori gave birth to a little boy, Jonathan, five weeks ago. She’s adjusting to life as a single mother and breastfeeding. Her ex-boyfriend, Keith, just contacted her saying he wants custody of the baby and will be suing her for all rights. What do you think the court will do? What is the law?

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Web Exercise #2: Toddlers = Picky Eaters

LO 4.1 Discuss growth and the role of nutrition in development during infancy and toddlerhood.

This chapter introduces students to the fact that toddlers are picky eaters. One of the most common complaints from parents of toddlers is their babies won’t eat. They do not understand this is normal. Watch the video and read the article on this website: http://www.whattoexpect.com/feeding-picky-eaters/video.aspx

Answer the following questions:

  1. What are three things you learned from watching this video and reading the article?
  2. What advice would you give a friend who complains his/her toddler will not eat?

LO 4.2 Summarize brain development during infancy and toddlerhood.

LO 4.4 Describe infants’ developing sensory abilities.

LO 4.5 Analyze the roles of maturation and contextual factors in infant and toddler motor development.

Directions: This activity can be done individually or in small groups. Each group will be assigned a birthdate for a baby:

Group 1 – Birthdate today

Group 2 – Birthdate last month

Group 3 – Birthdate 2 months ago

Group 4 – Birthdate 5 months ago

Group 5 – Birthdate 6 months ago

Group 6 – Birthdate 7 months ago

Group 7 – Birthdate 8 months ago

Group 8 – Birthdate 9 months ago

Group 9 – Birthdate 10 months ago

Continue assigning groups until the last group’s birthdate is 23 months ago.

As infants’ and toddlers’ brains experience new neural connections, the children begin to reach new milestones in motor development. Download an app to track baby’s development such as BabyCenter. When you sign up, use the birthdate provided to your group. Explore the app.

  1. What did you learn about your baby’s experiences, neural development, visual and auditory capacities, intermodal perception, and motor development milestones? Make connections between what you learn reading Chapter 4 and what you learn exploring the app.
  2. Create a ten-slide PowerPoint to upload to your class’s Blackboard (or similar program) or to share with your class. If you upload to Blackboard, view and respond to at least three of your classmates’ presentations.
  3. When viewing your classmates’ PowerPoint presentations, which age groups did you choose to read? Why? What did you learn?