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: 15-18 Months

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

Situations for Observation of Skill

Look at family photos and books and discuss with the parents the child’s memories for places in the car or in stores.

Elicitation Strategy

Without naming the people in the picture, point to various people and ask, “Who’s that smiling person?” Look at familiar books and see what the child recognizes and names. Ask the parents if, when in the car, the child points to familiar homes, stores, or other places.

Behavior Observed

Children of this age will indicate they remember people in pictures by pointing and naming them. They may not know the words for places they go in the car, but they indicate recognition by pointing or showing excitement about being in a familiar place (like their favorite fast food restaurant).

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to point out and name landmarks they pass in the car. This will enhance memory for places and build vocabulary. Also encourage looking at books, magazines, and photos to identify things the child may recognize. As the child’s vocabulary grows, she will be able to share more of what she remembers.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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