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: 36-42 Months

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Persists to combine things in unique ways to create imaginative representations

Situations for Observation of Skill

Examine what the child does with unrelated materials to create representational art or dramatic play scenarios.

Elicitation Strategy

Propose a theme for dramatic play or watch what the child does when a mixture of various art materials or junk are presented. Comment, ask questions, and make small suggestions to stimulate the child’s imagination.

Behavior Observed

The child uses objects in unusual ways.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Suggest to early childhood educators and parents that imagination and creativity are very important for learning. Adults often emphasize pre-academic skills, but using skills in creative ways is also important. Adults play a key role in providing the junk, left-over materials, inspiration and freedom to explore and create.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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