North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Social Connections

Goal: Children recognize that they are members of different groups (e.g., family, preschool class, cultural groups).

Skill Progression: Recognize they are members of different groups

Age: 18-21 Months

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Play and toys may be gender stereotyped

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with the parents during daily routines and with siblings, peers, or others.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

Begins choosing gender-preferred toys (trucks, blocks, etc. for boys; dolls, kitchen, etc. for girls), although plays with all toys.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Depending on family preferences, the child can be encouraged to play with non-gender specific toys. However, gender preferences will undoubtedly develop.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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