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: 33-36 Months

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Uses household objects (pillows, blankets, boxes) to create spaces to explore

Situations for Observation of Skill

Provide the materials needed to create special spaces.

Elicitation Strategy

The child may not spontaneously think of making a special space, but the suggestion of making a “cave,” “tent,” “house,” etc. may stimulate her imagination. Ask the child “what do we need to do to make it?”

Behavior Observed

Will generate ideas and implement them, adding new elements to make the space more special.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children love little spaces of their own. Parents can help them by moving furniture, providing a sheet to throw over a table, or letting children use pillows and furniture to create something from their imagination. If early childhood educators and parents “play along” they can enjoy the dramatic play that consequently develops in the setting.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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