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: 27-30 Months

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Uses words for a characteristic such as big/little, tall/short, heavy/light, but may not yet compare to objects based on the characteristics

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during outdoor play with an adult. See what terms are used.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult can elicit vocabulary by being a player. In dramatic play outdoors, say, “I am making a museum of nature for people to come and see. I need rocks. I need a big one and a little one.” “ I need a heavy one and a light one.” “Okay, now how about a tall stick.” Continue with other characteristics hard, soft, etc. If the child brings many rocks, “Say, I just need one. You pick the one.” (You can also add in counting and say a number that you need).

Behavior Observed

The child will gleefully find the items to fill the museum. They love to go find things!

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to engage in similar activities. These dramatic play activities enable adult and child to engage in fun interactions as well as practice using increasingly descriptive vocabulary.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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