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A circle, square, rectangle, and triangle.

Recognizes shapes

Children recognize the differences in shapes even if they do not know their names yet. When children explore different shapes, they are using the observation of same and different. Shape recognition gives children a process through which they can describe, observe, and discuss the world around them. Ask your child to talk about the characteristics of basic shapes and give them language to help describe the shapes (e.g., round, four corners, three sides).

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National Research Council. (2009). Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity. Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics, Christopher T. Cross, Taniesha A. Woods, and Heidi Schweingruber, Editors. Center for Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.