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: 18-21 Months

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Searches for needed objects to accomplish a task (bottle for baby doll)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Look at what the child does when pieces are missing from a desired routine or play activity.

Elicitation Strategy

Provide a toy or materials needed for a situation, but omit a key element or two (e.g., plates with no utensils, doll with no clothing, puzzle with pieces missing).

Behavior Observed

See if the child understands what is needed to reach his desired goal. Watch for the child to request or search for what is missing. This indicates the child has an idea and plan for what to do in a given situation.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Explain that not having everything set up perfectly is a good way to encourage children to think for themselves. It makes them consider what is needed and then problem solve how to find it.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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