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 identify and use common shapes and concepts about position during play and other activities.

Skill Progression: Spatial understanding

Age: 6-8 Months

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Examines things upside down

Situations for Observation of Skill

Play the “up-side-down game.”

Elicitation Strategy

After playing for a while, pick the child up and dance around, then while carefully holding on to the child, tip him over backwards, so he is seeing the world up-side-down. Pick the child back up, wait and see what he does.

Behavior Observed

The child will throw himself backwards again in an attempt to see the world upside-down again. This can become a repetitive game.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Impress upon early childhood educators and parents that the infant’s memory is growing for objects, people and locations. Children will now track object movements and try to find them. It is also important for infants to see the world from many perspectives, in sitting, lying on back or stomach, etc. Children learn about space and objects in space by encountering them from different perspectives.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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