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: 15-18 Months

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Picks up a toy from the floor while standing by squatting down at the knees, getting the toy, then standing back up

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during playtime with toys on the floor.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child may squat to pick something up or even remain in a squat to play. Moving from squat to stand is now easy.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children will move in and out of many positions, using the standing position as a transition. Point out to early childhood educators and parents how many ways the child can move in and out of standing, and note the different motor skills this helps develop, including body rotation, weight shifting, and balance.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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