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: 12-15 Months

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Puts objects on top of each other

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child interacting with blocks, stacking cups, plastic or paper plates and cups, etc.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed, but an adult can model putting objects on top of each other to see if the child imitates the actions.

Behavior Observed

The infant will experiment with how to stack and combine the objects in different ways.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to provide household items, such as paper plates and cups, pots and lids, empty clean cartons, etc. to play with and stack. Children are learning about directionality, spatial relations, and balance.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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