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: Classifying

Age: 1-2 Months

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Recognizes sounds of parents’ voices

Situations for Observation of Skill

Also observe the child when the parent and another adult are communicating out of the baby’s line of sight.

Elicitation Strategy

In addition, observe the infant’s gaze when the parent is talking but the baby cannot see her.

Behavior Observed

When the infant hears the parent’s voice her gaze will turn in that direction rather than toward the visitor. Although interested in the other voice, gaze seeks the parent longer.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help parents understand that one of the things the child is learning is pattern recognition. There is a different pattern to each face and each voice. One way the child comes to differentiate people is through recognition of these patterns.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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