North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Creative Expression

Goal: Children demonstrate appreciation for different forms of artistic expressions.

Skill Progression: Art

Age: 30-33 Months

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Tells adults what to draw

Situations for Observation of Skill

Have the adult be the “artist” and draw what the child wants.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult asks the child, “What should I draw?” The adult then begins to draw what the child requested, but also says, “What else do I need?” In this way, the child dictates the details that are needed.

Behavior Observed

The child says specifically what he wants and where he wants the different aspects to go on the drawing.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children do not yet have the skill to draw the ideas they have that they want to draw. Having early childhood educators and parents draw is one way for them to see how what is in their minds can be translated into a picture on paper. It also demonstrates the sequence of turning lines into a representation.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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