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: 8-10 Months

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Sits down from standing without falling

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child moving into stand and playing with a toy.

Elicitation Strategy

Once the child is tired of the toy on the table, place a new toy on the floor.

Behavior Observed

The child can lower herself into sit from standing.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children learn to change positions by practicing. They practice because they like the experience or they want something that requires them to move up or down. Encourage adults to help children practice up and down movements by having a reason to move. For example, place tub toys on the floor by the tub and ask the child to put them in the tub before a bath. The child will squat, pick up a toy, stand up and drop the toys in the tub one at a time.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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