North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

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

Subdomain: Scientific Exploration and Knowledge

Goal: Children observe and describe characteristics of living things and the physical world

Skill Progression: Observe and describe characteristics of living things and the physical world

Age: 6-8 Months

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Examines things upside down to compare perspectives

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during daily activities.

Elicitation Strategy

Hold the child in your arms and then tip her backwards so she can look at the world upside down.

Behavior Observed

The child will enjoy this view and when pulled up again will soon lean backwards to do it again. This indicates the child’s curiosity about perspectives.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to watch the child’s physical cues (facial expression, muscle tightening, body movements, etc.) to determine how the child feels about what is happening. Early childhood educators and parents can also help children discover their world by having them see things from different perspectives, up close, far away, under and on top of, not to mention upside down.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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