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: 15-18 Months

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Uses “my/mine”

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child when someone tries to take a favorite toy or object.

Elicitation Strategy

The indication of possession is most likely to occur with a sibling or a peer. Having only one toy out, one of the child’s preferred objects, will stimulate sharing and exclamation of ownership.

Behavior Observed

Listen for “mine” or “my…”

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Although fights over possession are frustrating for parents, tell parents the positive side is that the child is declaring a sense of what belongs to her. This is also an opportunity to acknowledge ownership, but encourage sharing and playing together.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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