North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Social Connections

Goal: Children identify and demonstrate acceptance of similarities and differences between themselves and others

Skill Progression: Identify and demonstrate acceptance of similarities and differences

Age: 36-42 Months

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Demonstrates a preference for same-sex peers

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in play with others in the classroom or on the playground.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child plays primarily with same gender children and from these chooses those who like the same type of play activities.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children not only notice differences, they notice similarities. It is typical for children to start choosing children for play partners who have similar interests and skills. They may need encouragement to allow others into their play.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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