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: Patterning

Age: 12-15 Months

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Aware of time sequences or activity sequences (i.e. night followed by day; socks on before shoes)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Interview the parent.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the parent about the child’s awareness of time sequence patterns. Does he look for the moon at night or go to get pajamas after the bath?

Behavior Observed

The parent will provide examples of things the child says or does that indicate awareness of time sequences or activity sequences.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help early childhood educators and parents understand that awareness of time and sequences of activities are important for the child’s developing organization skills and understanding of sequences. Having specific routine sequences for different times of the day gives the child a sense of security and predictability. She knows what to anticipate and when.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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