North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Emotional and Social Development (ESD)

Subdomain: Learning About Feelings

Goal: Children recognize and respond to the needs and feelings of others.

Skill Progression: Recognizes and responds to needs and feelings of others

Age: 42-48 Months

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Discusses how and why others’ feelings, attitudes, and beliefs are different

Situations for Observation of Skill

Carry on a discussion while looking at an interesting book.

Elicitation Strategy

Read a story about a school bully and discuss why different characters act the way they do. How do the various characters feel?

Behavior Observed

The child understands cause-and-effect of different actions on feelings and behaviors. The child gives reasons (even if wrong) about what people in the book are feeling and why.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children have more complex understanding of emotions and what causes them at this level. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to discuss situations that have occurred at school or in situations with a sibling that bothered the child. Analyze the different people’s perspectives on the situations. How did different people feel and why?

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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