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

Age: 2-4 Months

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

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant during daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The baby will wave arms and legs and may smile when the adult bends over him. The baby may also wave arms and legs when he is laid down and the diaper is removed, when the adult comes to take the infant from the crib, and when a bottle or breast is introduced for feeding.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help early childhood educators and parents read these bodily movements as communication. This is the baby saying, “I know what’s coming and I like it.” Encourage early childhood educators and parents to talk to the baby about what is happening to introduce conversation and vocabulary.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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