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Mathematical Thinking: August’s School Readiness Concept

Each month, Richland First Steps selects one school readiness goal from the SC Early Learning Standards (SCELS) to spotlight throughout our programs for children, families, and child care providers.

This month’s concept comes from the Mathematical Thinking and Expression domain of the SCELS. Like all the standards, there are developmental indicators (What to Expect) that show a child’s progress on this goal at each stage and developmental strategies (How to Help Them), to help their progression:

Infants (Birth to 12 months)

  • Examining different shapes by exploring (banging blocks on the floor, rolling balls).

Younger Toddlers (8 to 21 months)

  • Exploring space with their bodies (fitting themselves into large boxes, crawling under tables, climbing over low walls).

Older Toddlers (18 to 36 months)

  • Naming or matching a few 2- to 3- dimensional shapes (circles, square, cylinder).

Younger Preschoolers (36 to 48 months)

  • Stacking or lining up blocks that are the same shape.

Older Preschoolers (48 to 60+ months)

  • Using 2- to 3- dimensional shapes (squares, circle, triangle) in the environment).

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