North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Creative Expression

Goal: Children demonstrate self-expression and creativity in a variety of forms and contexts, including play, visual arts, music, drama, and dance.

Skill Progression: Music/dance

Age: 33-36 Months

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Pretends to be something with movements, such as falling leaf, snow flake, cloud, flower, etc.

Situations for Observation of Skill

Play a game of “Guess what I am?” involving acting out movements that represent something. The adult guesses what the child is acting out with the support of another adult.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult and the child meet secretly and decide what to act out. The adult can provide the first idea, such as a bird, a spider, a cloud, etc. After the child gets the idea, the child can generate things to represent.

Behavior Observed

The child can represent a “thing” through actions.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Let early childhood educators and parents know that movement doesn’t just have to be dance. When children observe something in the environment, such as a cloud, the adult can say, “Show me how you would move if you were a cloud.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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