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 compare, sort, group, organize and measure objects and create patterns in their everyday environment.

Skill Progression: Measuring

Age: 21-24 Months

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Amount: Knows more; believes that a cracker broken in several pieces is more

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child when presented one plate with a whole cracker and one plate with a broken up cracker.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation is needed.

Behavior Observed

Typically, the child will choose the plate she thinks has more food on it.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to give their child utensils and containers to experiment in the tub. Parents can encourage their child to watch and help as they prepare meals. Have a small creamer pitcher for the child to use for pouring and let the child observe and help as you make servings. Seeing how things start as a whole and are divided up provides a foundation for understanding many math foundations.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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