North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Emotional and Social Development (ESD)

Subdomain: Learning About Feelings

Goal: Children identify, manage, and express their feelings.

Skill Progression: Emotional expression

Age: 30-33 Months

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Talks about the emotions of others and the cause of their emotions

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in natural environments, especially with siblings or peers.

Elicitation Strategy

Elicit discussion of emotions in others as they are observed. For example, if a child at the park begins to cry or hit another child, ask the child being observed what is happening. Discuss what the child is feeling and why she is acting the way she is.

Behavior Observed

The child puts together the causes and consequences of emotions. She can say, for instance, “He’s mad. That kid took his bucket.”

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to talk about the reasons for people feeling and acting in different ways. When negative behavior is observed in others, talk about what else the child could do. This can lead to helping the child learn how to ask for assistance, negotiate, and problem solve.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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