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: 10-12 Months

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Knows how to get objects to do what he wants

Situations for Observation of Skill

Have a variety of materials and toys that require pushing, pulling, rolling, banging, and so on.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

Watch what objects the child picks and what the child chooses to do with the item. The child should demonstrate what they know by using the object or toy appropriately. The child is also beginning to explore new toys and apply the actions that have worked on other familiar objects.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children of this age have discovered how to make things work in many different ways. Encourage caregivers to let children explore, push buttons for them to operate things, turn handles, and pull levers and so on. With enough exposure to different mechanisms and functions, their child will begin to generalize their learning to new situations.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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