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: 42-48 Months

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Expresses own beliefs with conviction; states what she wants to “be”

Situations for Observation of Skill

Listen to the child when discussing topics that are important to her.

Elicitation Strategy

Determine if the child has a pet, takes special lessons, or likes a specific topic or movie. Discuss the topic with regard to her beliefs. “What is the best way to take care of a dog?” “What do you need to do to be a good soccer player?” etc.

Behavior Observed

The child has established opinions about the topic. (i.e., Are there good and bad behaviors or rules that should be followed?)

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to discuss a wide range of topics with the child. Sharing opinions and the reasoning behind them builds a foundation for higher level thinking.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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