Watch any routine of the day (dressing, bathing, eating, etc.) that the child possibly can independently orchestrate.
Ask the child to set up the activity with all that will be needed. Then ask the child to narrate what happens first, next, etc.
The child plans and gets the needed materials, organizes the required actions, and solves problems if they arise.
Help early childhood educators and parents understand that autonomy leads to self-sufficiency and self-confidence. It also helps children understand that they can problem solve on their own. Encourage children to do as much independently as they can, even if the outcome is not perfect!
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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