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: 27-30 Months

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Makes up simple non-repeating patterns with blocks, beads of different shapes or colors

Situations for Observation of Skill

Have a variety of small colored blocks or large beads with string for making a necklace.

Elicitation Strategy

Suggest making a train or a necklace of different colors to make a pattern.

Behavior Observed

The child will make arrangements of blocks in a sequence. She will be able to name the color sequence and call it a pattern.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to point out patterns in the child’s clothing, in foods, etc. The more early childhood educators and parents point out these details, the more the child will notice them independently and want to share her observations.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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