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 use their senses to construct knowledge about the world around them

Skill Progression: Constructs knowledge

Age: 8-10 Months

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Uses hands and fingers to try to put things together

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with objects like blocks=, hammer and ball toy, objects and bucket, etc.

Elicitation Strategy

Provide materials that can be combined or banged together.

Behavior Observed

Claps hands together in imitation. Brings toys together to see what happens.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help early childhood educators and parents understand that once children know what toys do, they want to make something happen (banging together, pounding, dropping in, etc.) Learning what objects can do singly and when combined teaches the child about cause and effect, spatial relations, and sensory characteristics.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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