North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Health and Physical Development (HPD)

Subdomain: Motor Development

Goal: Children develop the large muscle control and abilities needed to move through and explore their environment.

Skill Progression: Ball skills

Age: 27-30 Months

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Catches a large ball that is close with arms bent

Situations for Observation of Skill

See situation above.

Elicitation Strategy

Play catch and kick ball with the monkeys.

Behavior Observed

The child can catch a large ball. Her arms are still in front of the body, but slightly bent to be able to pull the ball into the body.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Running, jumping, climbing, and playing ball typically occurs outdoors, but that is not always an option. Early childhood educators and parents can also provide indoor opportunities for motor activities.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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