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: 2-4 Months

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Starts to categorize and distinguish objects with similar appearance

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant’s eye movements in face-to-face interaction with the parent. Watch the child’s reactions to other people when they are talking to him.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The infant now looks at not only the eyes and hair, he scans the nose, mouth, and other features of the face. This is repeated with unfamiliar adults as well.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help parents understand that children are studying the characteristics of people and objects. This leads to them being able to determine which categories things fit into: people, animals, vehicles, etc. They are putting together the aspect of what makes “a thing a thing.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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