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 with Others

Goal: Children form relationships and interact positively with other children

Skill Progression: Positive social interactions

Age: 24-27 Months

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Engages in pretend parallel play; talks about how others feel

Situations for Observation of Skill

Set up a dramatic play house area with dolls, etc.

Elicitation Strategy

Prompt discussion about feelings by asking questions, such as, “Is anybody hungry?” or “sleepy," etc.)

Behavior Observed

The child plays with the same materials next to other children. He may talk to the other children about what he is doing. The child talks about his states or feelings.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to provide dramatic play props for the child related to everyday activities. These can be paper plates and plastic spoons, anything to stimulate the child’s acting out of daily routines. This type of play promotes sharing and positive interaction among peers.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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