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: 15-18 Months

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Approaches other children (recognizes similarity in size, faces, and play preferences)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child’s interactions in play with other children in childcare or group play situations.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed. No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The infant seeks out (or accepts initiations from others) who are similar in size, appearance, and/or play preferences to himself.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children notice and begin to categorize similarities and differences. This helps them make decisions about with whom they will interact. Early childhood educators and parents are role models for children. The child will join in the play with non-similar children if the adult does so.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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