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: 33-36 Months

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Length/Height: Produces labels for measuring, such as tall/long

Situations for Observation of Skill

Play with the child in dramatic play about making cookies with play dough. Have different colors of play dough, plastic plates and a cookie sheet.

Elicitation Strategy

“Let’s see if we can make tall and short cookies that will stand up.” Encourage the child to tell about the cookie she is making. Ask, “Shall we eat these tonight or last night?”

Behavior Observed

The child uses a variety of measurement and comparative terms.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to participate in dramatic play with the child as well as involve the child in daily routines. Involving the child in cooking is a great way to talk about comparisons, measurements, colors, shapes, and so on.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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