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 show understanding of numbers and quantities during play and other activities

Skill Progression: Recognizing number and subitizing

Age: 27-30 Months

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Identifies more than 3 as “many”

Situations for Observation of Skill

Play with blocks.

Elicitation Strategy

Tell the child you need “many” blocks to build your tower.

Behavior Observed

The child gives the adult more than 3 items.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to use a variety of terms to refer to number (i.e. “a few,” “many,” and “some”) as well as the count numbers 1, 2, 3, etc.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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