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 demonstrate the ability to think about their own thinking: reasoning, taking perspectives, and making decisions

Skill Progression: Thinking and reasoning

Age: 4-6 Months

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Displays laughter in social play, particularly with physical stimulation

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in physical play with an adult.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the adult to engage in games that make the child laugh: tickling, blowing on the stomach. Encourage them to wait for the child to look at them before repeating.

Behavior Observed

The child will laugh, stop, calm, and look at the adult, anticipating recurrence of the activity.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Sensory games are important to children because they are fun and they encourage non-verbal communication from the infant to the adult. These games build turn-taking and communication skills.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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