North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

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

Subdomain: Mathematical Thinking and Expression

Goal: Children compare, sort, group, organize and measure objects and create patterns in their everyday environment.

Skill Progression: Patterning

Age: 6-8 Months

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Recognizes objects and people based on sensory characteristics

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

Possible observations: Hears footsteps approaching and gets excited. Hears his dog barking, and tries to move toward it. Feels edge of favorite blanket while going to sleep. Calms by rubbing mother’s earlobe or hair. Pats pictures of people or objects he recognizes.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Babies use all senses to learn about the world. They learn the patterns associated with their favorite people and come to recognize their favorite objects by sight, touch, smell, or sound.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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