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: 4-6 Months

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Takes full weight on legs when supported under the arms; bounces up and down

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant in a supported stand.

Elicitation Strategy

Hold the infant in a standing position with hands under the infant’s armpits.

Behavior Observed

The infant pushes against the floor and starts to bounce. He likes the movement and feel of the feet and knees pushing and releasing to create a bounce.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to play with the infant in different ways, so the infant gets vertical input to the legs and feet. They can use post-bath, post-diapering, and post-nap as a time to give the child supported stand time for a play minute.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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