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: Motor activities

Age: 48-54 Months

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Completes a version of a somersault

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child involved in gymnastic activities, such as walking on a balance beam, turning somersaults, doing a cartwheel, etc.

Elicitation Strategy

Using gym mats for safety, observe the children doing various gymnastic activities after observing a model.

Behavior Observed

The child attempts to walk on a balance beam, roll on a mat, try a cartwheel, and turn a somersault. Although efforts may not be successful, the child uses approximate movements in the appropriate sequence.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children of this age are involved in group activities that require more sophisticated, sequenced actions to perform a skill. Gymnastic activities provide opportunities for children to practice more coordinated, sequenced actions requiring use of arms and legs together in varying patterns. These opportunities are important, as children can develop lifelong skills that may translate later into physical abilities for sports or recreational activities.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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