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: 4-6 Months

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Uses body to cause things to happen such as batting at object to make it move

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child interacting with a variety of different objects, materials, and toys.

Elicitation Strategy

Present different objects to the child (bottle, small toy, stuffed toy, blanket, etc.)

Behavior Observed

The child will bat at, kick, shake, and bang different objects to cause them to move or activate. This indicates understanding of his ability to have an effect on his environment.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to hold up objects two at a time. This encourages the child to compare them and determine which she wants. Explain that by watching the infant’s reactions over time, the adults can discover the child’s preferences.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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