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 identify and use common shapes and concepts about position during play and other activities.

Skill Progression: Recognizes geometric shapes

Age: 24-27 Months

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Matches basic shapes of different sizes

Situations for Observation of Skill

During playtime use a shape stacker, where the child stacks different shapes of different sizes, or shape blocks with shapes of different sizes.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation may be needed. Dump out all of the shapes, so they are mixed up on the floor. If the child does not spontaneously group the shapes, the adult can suggest, “Let’s put all the ones that are alike together first, so we can find what we need when we build.”

Behavior Observed

The child will be able to group the shapes regardless of size.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to have shape toys for children to explore.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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