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: Art

Age: 8-10 Months

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Makes marks on paper

Situations for Observation of Skill

Give the child paper and a crayon.

Elicitation Strategy

If the child does not spontaneously mark on the paper, demonstrate.

Behavior Observed

See if the child understands the function of the marker and tries to use it. If the child does mark in imitation, this may indicate unfamiliarity with marking, or that this is an emerging skill.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Parents often do not allow their child access to writing tools because the child may mouth them or mark on walls or furniture. Using a marker introduces tool use, drawing, and cause-and effect. Supervised use of a marker encourages a new type of exploration.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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