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 demonstrate a positive sense of self-identify and self-awareness.

Skill Progression: Awareness of self through emotional expressions and verbalizations

Age: 48-54 Months

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Teaches someone how to do something with verbal directions

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child doing a complex task and ask him to tell you how to do it. (e.g., sing a specific song/finger play, “read” a story, etc.).

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the adult what the child is most proud of and does well. Then ask the child to show you how to do it.

Behavior Observed

The child confidently breaks down the actions to explain specific aspects. This demonstrates planning and organization and sequencing of verbal instructions.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to let children teach them and/or siblings the skills he is learning. Being able to teach someone to do something allows practice and builds self-confidence. Teaching someone something is more reinforcing that having the adult say, “Good job.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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