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: Taking perspectives

Age: 4-6 Months

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Shows interest in others’ facial expressions

Situations for Observation of Skill

Watch the infant as others are interacting with her and each other.

Elicitation Strategy

One adult in the room can register more emotion or facial expression.

Behavior Observed

The child will pay more attention to the adult who is using exaggerated expression.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Explain how important facial expression is as an adjunct to verbal communication. Babies learn the meaning of words not only from matching words to objects and events, but also from attaching meaning to facial expression.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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