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: Motor activities

Age: 33-36 Months

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Imitate bilateral movements like moving arms and legs together in a exercise or dance

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child doing exercises in the gym or outdoors.

Elicitation Strategy

Do exercises together, such as jumping jacks, only move the arms together and then move the legs together. Let the child come up with her own exercises for the adult to imitate.

Behavior Observed

The child is becoming more coordinated and motor planning allows him to move arms and legs in unison or in opposition.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage the child to play with other children at the playground. Early childhood educators and parents can facilitate this by involving another child in play. Peer play is important for the child who is moving into preschool, and the playground is a place where many peers can be found.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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