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: Comparing and Ordering

Age: 8-10 Months

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Matches two blocks as being the same

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child playing with blocks.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child will experiment with one or two blocks, then drop them and try new blocks. He will hold them, look at them, bang them together, bang them on the floor, or drop them. Experiments reveal that they all do the same thing!

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to have blocks for their children. They are a basic foundation for learning math skills, spatial understanding, and fine motor coordination. Blocks can also be made from small individual boxes. They don’t have to be fancy, just tape them closed.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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