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 confidence in abilities and persistence toward goals

Age: 30-33 Months

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Talks about how to solve a problem while doing it (verbal mediation)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Watch how the child solves a complex problem.

Elicitation Strategy

Present a toy or situation where the child needs to solve a problem. This can be an unfamiliar puzzle or complicated cause-and-effect toy or a situation like setting up an obstacle course in the living room.

Behavior Observed

The child talks about what he is thinking and planning. This is a common characteristic of children as they process thinking and language simultaneously.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to model talking through a problem. Also ask the child, “Tell me what you are thinking.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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