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: 6-8 Months

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Distinguishes near and far objects

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during daily activities.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child will reach for objects that are closer, indicating she has an awareness and rudimentary understanding of spatial relations and distance.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to watch the child’s physical cues (facial expression, muscle tightening, body movements, etc.) to determine how the child feels about what is happening. Early childhood educators and parents can also help children discover their world by having them see things from different perspectives, up close, far away, under and on top of, not to mention upside down.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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