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: Making decisions

Age: 8-10 Months

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Deliberately seeks out and attends to preferred toys

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in a familiar environment where her toys are kept. Have toys out of the child’s reach but visible and accessible by crawling, or pulling to stand.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation required.

Behavior Observed

The child will scan the environment and seek out a preferred toy or object.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Let early childhood educators and parents know that children of this age have preferences for objects and toys. The desired objects are either something that is particularly attractive to one or more senses or something with which the child feels competent.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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