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: 8-10 Months

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Begins to perceive emotional expressions at meaningful patterns

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during daily routines, as the adult expresses happiness, frustration, worry, anger, etc.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed, though the adult can be asked to portray certain emotions as specific times, if this is not done naturally.

Behavior Observed

The child’s facial expressions will change based on the adult’s facial expression and vocal tone. The child may also look at the adult’s face to see his expression after doing something.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help early childhood educators and parents understand that infants read their facial, verbal, and physical cues as having meaning. They need to be aware that their sadness or anger about something during the day has an impact on the child’s emotions. Just as the baby’s mood influences the adult’s emotions, the same is true for infants.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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