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: 54-60 Months

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Creates own complex socio-dramatic play themes, scenarios, and props with great attention to detail

Situations for Observation of Skill

Some children will do this as a matter of daily play. Talk to the child about her dramatic play and what she has done in the past.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the child what her favorite story, book, or movie is. Then suggest she set up a scenario to act out the story. Be a play partner, and have the child tell you what you need to do to help.

Behavior Observed

The child demonstrates confidence and motivation to include details. The directions she gives the adults will also reveal the complexity of thinking.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Socio-dramatic play is an important means for children to represent their ideas and fantasies in creative ways. Encourage parents to make a space for this type of play and provide assistance for setting up when needed. If siblings are not available or interested, play dates with peers is important.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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