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: Standing

Age: 27-30 Months

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Stands on one foot for several seconds

Situations for Observation of Skill

Create a zoo in the living room or dramatic play area. Place kitchen chairs around for cages, pillows for “rocks” or ponds, and plastic food (or real snacks). If there are stairs available make them one of the cages or have furniture the child can climb on. Add balls for the monkeys to play with in their cage.

Elicitation Strategy

Read a book about the zoo, such as Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbell. Pretend to be different animals. Move around the zoo. Add animals to your zoo, based on what the child wants. The adult wants to see the bird house. Pretend to be birds and stand on your toes. Pretend to be a stork or a flamingo and stand on one foot.

Behavior Observed

The child stands on one foot, but can’t maintain the position for long.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Although some tolerance for disorder is needed, tables, chairs, couches, pillows, and blankets make for some of the best dramatic play props. Children at this level are starting to enjoy dramatic play, and when early childhood educators and parents participate in the play, they can supervise as well as suggest acceptable actions and alternatives.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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