North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

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

Subdomain: Scientific Exploration and Knowledge

Goal: Children observe and describe characteristics of living things and the physical world

Skill Progression: Observe and describe characteristics of living things and the physical world

Age: 24-27 Months

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Observes and reacts to living things in the environment (chases butterflies) and explores surfaces (rolls in grass)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in the back yard or a park. See how the child interacts with insects, animals, plants, and environmental surfaces.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child will find and study bugs, point to and watch birds, flying insects, and falling leaves. The child will imitate actions demonstrated by the adult (putting a stick or leaf in a stream) to watch what happens. Likes climbing hills, walking over obstacles, and rolling in the grass.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to allow their child to explore outdoor environments. Often the child is in a stroller, but not able to walk, run, and explore. Children need to stop and explore when interesting environments are encountered.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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