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 express positive feelings about themselves and confidence in what they can do.

Skill Progression: Expresses and seeks out positive emotions about what they can do

Age: 21-24 Months

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Displays sense of pride in accomplishment (smiles and shows others, “Me do it”)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe during daily routines and play activities.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

With increased verbalization, the child vocalizes what he wants to do and what he did. Listen for expression of pride, such as, “Look, me do it!

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to comment on what the child does independently. Emphasize how the child did it. “You worked hard!” “You did it all by yourself!” This is better than the vague, “Good job.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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