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: 27-30 Months

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Matches basic shape blocks with different orientation

Situations for Observation of Skill

Dump out shape blocks, with two to three of each basic shape.

Elicitation Strategy

While playing the adult can say, “I need another one like this one. Can you find one for me?” Do the same with several of the basic shapes.

Behavior Observed

The child finds matching shape blocks.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Building with blocks of different shapes helps children see that even though the blocks are laying on the floor in different directions, some are the “same.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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