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: 42-48 Months

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Tries to imitate rhythms

Situations for Observation of Skill

This is best observed in the classroom. Have a talent show in the classroom or home. Let children pick a partner or perform alone. They can sing, dance or make up a song with an instrument. Observe the child’s rhythm, ability to make up a tune and move to the beat.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult is the announcer, calling the child’s name and what she will do. The child can emerge from behind a curtain or sheet after her name is announced. Some children will be shy and want to be partnered with a more outgoing child.

Behavior Observed

The child will attempt to imitate rhythms produced by others.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to have talent shows at home. This is a fun way for children to build self-confidence. Parents can also pick out emerging talents that can be nurtured.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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