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: 4-6 Months

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Makes vowel sounds and early consonants

Situations for Observation of Skill

Place the child in an infant seat or high chair where she can see her environment.

Elicitation Strategy

Elicit sounds if needed by modeling and banging on the table as well.

Behavior Observed

Infant produces vowel sounds and early consonant sounds.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Inform parents that shaking and banging are the beginning of learning about how to impact the environment. It is also the beginning of learning about rhythm and beat. Play music and the whole family can bang a beat together. The infant will find this great fun!

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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