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: Patterning

Age: 21-24 Months

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Notices attributes and calls them a “pattern” even if not a pattern

Situations for Observation of Skill

Discuss patterns with the child.

Elicitation Strategy

Say, “I see a pattern in this room. Do you see a pattern?” or say, “Tell me about what’s on that rug?”

Behavior Observed

Children have heard the word pattern and know it relates to something that has a design of some sort.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help early childhood educators and parents understand and talk about patterns which are important for all areas of life, including math, science, reading, history, music, dance, etc. Patterns help children organize information, process information, and solve problems. Repeating patterns help children see “chunks” for learning (the flag has stripes in red, white, red, white); while growing patterns add on to a pattern in a systematic way (e.g., counting by two’s).

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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