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 actions

Age: 54-60 Months

Click here to go to all skills for ages 54-60 Months.

Creates elaborate socio-dramatic play scenarios, songs, stories, etc.

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with dolls, action figures, paper and markers for making a book, etc.

Elicitation Strategy

Provide materials related to favorite characters for dramatic play. Or have paper and markers for writing a story book.

Behavior Observed

Observe the development of story line, character, action details, etc. Look for elaborate, creative thinking to illustrate confidence and a positive sense of self.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to support creative thinking and development of imaginative ideas, even if they don’t make sense or seem silly. Children will experiment with juxtaposing ideas and actions to see what new ideas they can create.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

©2015 by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit