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: Composes geometric shapes

Age: 33-36 Months

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Creates a picture using one shape (snowman from circles)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Use shape blocks during playtime. Ask the child to create a picture or object with the blocks.

Elicitation Strategy

Be a play partner and take blocks to build something. Put some blocks together to make a square, circle, triangle, or rectangle.

Behavior Observed

Observe how the child deconstructs the adult’s structure and see what the child makes.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents can point out the different shapes in the environment and use everyday objects to make new configurations. For example, three Cheerios in a row looks like a snowman; a round cracker and a triangle of cheese together look like an ice cream cone.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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