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: Classifying

Age: 21-24 Months

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Compares and matches form, size, color

Situations for Observation of Skill

Look at a picture dictionary book for toddlers with the child.

Elicitation Strategy

As you look at the pictures talk about them. Say, “I see an animal on this page. Do you?” “I see a plant. Can you find it?” “I see something round like this on the page? Where is it?” Tell the child to ask you questions as well. (They will say, “Where is the flower?”) Take turns asking questions to make it a game.

Behavior Observed

The child will identify characteristics of items related to size, color and shape.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to talk about basic characteristics of shape, size, and color as they discuss things in the environment. “Look at this rock. It is round.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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