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: 12-15 Months

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Dumps and fills

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in a bath or outside with a container of water. Provide several containers for pouring.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation should be needed with the water.

Behavior Observed

The child will dump and fill repeatedly.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Opportunities for “empty and fill” build the basis for later measurement of quantity. Because these activities are often messy, parents may avoid them. Encourage them to allow this during bath time and outdoor play. Helping to add ingredients in the kitchen gives children another chance to gain an interest in measurement.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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