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: 24-27 Months

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Talks about own body parts, functions, gender, and what he can do

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe during bath time or doll play.

Elicitation Strategy

If the child is in the bathtub or playing house with a doll engage in wash-up play. Talk about the baby and what is dirty, let the child choose which body parts to wash. Sing, “This the way we wash our face, etc.” As each body part is washed discuss what it does.

Behavior Observed

The child knows the body parts and functions, his gender, and abilities.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Self-identity involves the child knowing who he is and what he can do. Encourage parents to talk about body parts, gender, etc., especially during bath time. Parents can talk about body parts during dressing as well. Having a washable baby doll allows the child to practice using the terms as he bathes and dresses the baby.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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