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: Classifying

Age: 8-10 Months

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Uses haptic (touch) exploration to determine size, hardness, shape, temperature, and texture

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant during daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

Introduce some toys and materials that are novel to the infant in order to observe exploration.

Behavior Observed

To determine an object’s size an infant will place both hands around it. To determine characteristics, she use her fingers and mouth to taste it.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Touch is an important sense for infants for learning. Some infants may have preferences for certain types of textures (e.g., soft versus hard). Early childhood educators and parents can encourage exploration of a variety of materials by playing with the child. Explore textures in nature in particular, including sand, water, grass, leaves, etc.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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