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 self-expression and creativity in a variety of forms and contexts, including play, visual arts, music, drama, and dance.

Skill Progression: Music/dance

Age: 30-33 Months

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Imitates adults’ actions and movements

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the adult and child engaged in singing, dancing, and doing finger plays.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child not only follows the adult’s movements, she also suggests songs or initiates favorites.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to play children’s music and learn the finger plays that children love. Let them know that finger plays have developmental benefits for children. They build fine motor imitation skills as well as require focused attention and coordination of sound and action.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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