North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

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

Subdomain: Developing a Sense of Self

Goal: Children express positive feelings about themselves and confidence in what they can do.

Skill Progression: Expresses confidence in abilities and persistence toward goals

Age: 33-36 Months

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Prefers challenging tasks

Situations for Observation of Skill

Watch how the child handles a challenging task. The task can be a household task or a complicated play activity.

Elicitation Strategy

Observe the child trying to sort the laundry, set the table, or make the preparations for bed. Alternatively, ask the child to set up a dramatic play situation, “Let’s play house in the kitchen. What should we make?”

Behavior Observed

The child demonstrates the desire to plan, organize and lead the activity. Even if the child needs assistance, the child will want to continue the activity.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help parents understand how to involve their young child in challenging activities at home. Children learn sequencing, categorizing, planning, imagining and creating.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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