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: Sitting

Age: 2-4 Months

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Head steady in supported sitting for 10-15 minutes, back firm

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant when supported in a sit on the adult’s lap.

Elicitation Strategy

Hold the infant under the arms in a sitting position, with back straight.

Behavior Observed

The infant sits in a supported position and examines the environment without having to lean his head or body against the parent or other support.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to spend face-to-face time with the infant sitting on their laps. Infants will let the adult know when they have “had enough.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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