NLCI Curriculum Reference Guide - page 7

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6-9 Months
How your child will be developing and
learning during this stage.
Your child’s teacher will take a purposeful approach to
model, nurture and provide opportunities for growth in
these Links to Learning skill areas.
Language and Literacy
Communication
• Strings together sounds (ba-ba,
da-da, etc)
• Uses toys to make noises
• Stops in response to ‘no’
• Responds to voice games
• Responds to familiar words
• Attempts to mimic frequent baby
sign language signs
• Uses baby sign language to
communicate needs
Literacy
• Enjoys being read to
• Looks at named picture
• Recognizes pictures of familiar
people, objects, and actions
Mathematics
• Tracks and locates objects falling
from view
• Develops object permanence
• Shows some understanding of cause
and effect
• Repeats certain activities, such as
dropping a spoon
• Unstacks nesting blocks or rings
Creative Expression
• Enjoys rhymes and song
• Responds tomusic with bodymovement
• Claps hands
• Experiments with different art materials
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Wellness
Gross Motor Skills and Balance
• Rolls over independently
• Sits without support
• Pushes self into a sitting position
• Crawls forward with stomach on floor
• Rocks on hands and knees
• Creeps on hands and knees
• Assists in pulling up
• Bears some weight on legs when held
in a standing position
Fine Motor Skills
• Reaches and grasps toys
• Uses fingers and palms to hold objects
• Transfers objects from one hand to
the other
• Holds objects with both hands
• Holds and releases objects
• Strikes objects together
• Takes objects out of large-mouth
containers
Social-Emotional
• Plays unattended for a short time
• Plays peek-a-boo
• Develops preferences, particularly
with toys
• Eats baby food from a spoon
• Eats finger food
• Holds own bottle
• Feeds self finger foods
• Explores multi-sensory activities
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