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 express positive feelings about themselves and confidence in what they can do.

Skill Progression: Expresses and seeks out positive emotions about what they can do

Age: 15-18 Months

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Seeks adult’s praise when accomplishes a task

Situations for Observation of Skill

Watch the child during daily routines or when she figures out how to use a new toy.

Elicitation Strategy

Watch the child during dressing or mealtime. Ask the adult to let the child finish a task independently. For example, the child may pour the last little bit of milk into the bowl or help pull off her pants for diapering. If needed, present an unfamiliar toy for the child to figure out.

Behavior Observed

The child looks to the adult when she does something special. This is the child signaling that she understands she did something special.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to allow their child to finish off task during the day. Pull off socks, close the dryer door, shut the front door, turn off the vacuum, etc. Finishing the task teaches one part of the skill, but also results in a sense of accomplishment. This motivates the child to want to do the whole task.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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