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: 42-48 Months

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Uses imagination and diverse materials to create unique art, costumes, etc.

Situations for Observation of Skill

Decide what dramatic play or art activity the child wants to do. Use household materials (paper towels, bowls, and any materials available).

Elicitation Strategy

Set out the variety of materials and ask the child what he needs to make what he wants. Provide suggestions only when the child doesn’t have an idea. Give choices as well. “We could paint with water or juice. Which should we use?”

Behavior Observed

Observe the child’s ability to think of a desired result and means for achieving that result. Note: the end result may evolve as the production ensues. Does the child experiment and exhibit enthusiasm and confidence in his ideas and plan?

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to provide left over materials and “junk” for the child to use in creations. Also make available extra clothing, shoes, etc., for dress-up. Help parents understand the importance of imagination and creativity to a positive sense of self.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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