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: Jumping/ hopping

Age: 48-54 Months

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Jumps forward numerous times without falling

Situations for Observation of Skill

Sing a movement song, such as “Walking, Walking” or “Listen and Move.”

Elicitation Strategy

The class as a whole can engage in the movement songs with the adult leading the group and observing the individual child’s skills.

Behavior Observed

The child hops, but may need some instruction for galloping. Once, she catches on, she will enjoy it.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Movement songs are great to use as transition activities or out on the playground. The early childhood educator can also use different modes of movement (e.g. gallop, tip toe, jump, etc.) for lining up and going to different activities. Shifting from one mode to another is a good way for children to practice motor planning.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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