North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

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

Subdomain: Construction of Knowledge: Thinking and Reasoning

Goal: Children demonstrate the ability to think about their own thinking: reasoning, taking perspectives, and making decisions

Skill Progression: Thinking and reasoning

Age: 8-10 Months

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Sustains interest in looking at pictures

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the adult and child looking at simple picture books, preferably of babies, simple objects, or animals.

Elicitation Strategy

Have the adult stay on a page and talk about it for as long as the child is attentive. Turn the page when she looks away.

Behavior Observed

The infant will study the pictures and point to aspects that are interesting. She may vocalize along with the adult.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Emphasize how important it is to share books from the earliest ages. Parents often think reading books starts when the child can talk, but infants are learning to find meaning in pictures from early infancy. Encourage parents to share simple picture board books with infants and also let them explore books on their own.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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