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 recall information and use it for new situations and problems

Skill Progression: Recalls and uses information for problem solving

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List of Skills by Age

1-2 Months

Stares longer at familiar faces than objects

2-4 Months

Shows physical excitement at familiar faces and events (feeding, diapering)

4-6 Months

Remembers how to activate familiar toys

6-8 Months

Recognizes people and objects based on sensory characteristics (favored blanket, toy, food)

8-10 Months

Remembers simple games (peek-a-boo, patty cake) and actions to apply to a toy or object

10-12 Months

Remembers a strategy that worked on one object and tries it on another

Remembers label for an object without the object being present

12-15 Months

Performs deferred imitation of actions of others (adults, siblings, peers)

15-18 Months

Recognizes and identifies familiar places and pictures of objects and people by pointing

18-21 Months

Attempts to tell about remembered experiences using words, jargon, and gestures

Remembers action sequences with objects

21-24 Months

Demonstrates long-term memory for experiences up to six months previous

Dramatizes remembered events

24-27 Months

Recognizes familiar signs, books

27-30 Months

Fills in missing words in familiar books, songs, rhymes, etc.

30-33 Months

Remembers visual landmarks and anticipates the intended destination

33-36 Months

Remembers finger plays and acts out sequences in dramatic play

Remembers events up to 18 months in the past

36-42 Months

Dramatizes favorite stories and events

Remembers one of several objects shown and then hidden

42-48 Months

Recalls 1-2 characters and events in a story that was recently read

Describes familiar objects without seeing them

48-54 Months

Determines what is missing from pictures, puzzles, and toys

Recalls 3-4 elements of a story without prompts

54-60 Months

Gives detailed descriptions of past events, stories, movies, etc.

Remembers sequences of words and numbers

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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