North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Mathematical Thinking and Expression

Goal: Children compare, sort, group, organize and measure objects and create patterns in their everyday environment.

Skill Progression: Comparing and Ordering

Age: 2-4 Months

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Discriminates people, preferred objects, tastes, smells, textures

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant during routines of the day.

Elicitation Strategy

Watch the facial expressions and body movements of the child in different situations. Facial expression, mouth movements, and hand movements will change depending on the sensory input.

Behavior Observed

The infant will show increased affect and body excitement when he recognizes familiar people or preferred objects (such as a mobile). The infant also will calm with specific people and actions and react differently to different smells, tastes and textures.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Discuss with parents the baby’s emerging personality, growing preferences, and ability to discriminate people and objects. Familiar and preferred is good, but children also need to be exposed to new things, such as the sights and smells of the outdoors.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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