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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Notices patterns in carpets, shirts, etc. with pointing or words

Situations for Observation of Skill

Interview the parent.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the adult about the child’s awareness of patterns in his environment, such as repeating colors in a rug or shirt, a specific design, etc.

Behavior Observed

The child will seek out and point to specific patterns. She may point to several flowers on a dress, red squares on a carpet, or stripes on a shirt. These indicate growing awareness of the recurring parts of a pattern.

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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