Monday, March 17, 2014

Role Modeling for Healthy Development

Children are naturally curious, but mere curiosity is not the only reason they are so observant. In fact, observation and imitation are the main ways by which children learn language, social skills and all kinds of other habits, including those related to diet and exercise. Children are naturally inclined to imitate the actions of the adults in their lives, no matter what the adults say to the contrary. In this regard, humans are not unlike any other kind of animal: we all learn by observing and mimicking the grownups in our lives. This is why it is important for adults (especially teachers and parents) to remember that they are role modeling all the time, not just when they choose to do so! For more information on Role Modeling for Healthy Development and what it means for educators, read CCEI’s March Newsletter!  

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