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: 54-60 Months

You may choose a different domain, go back, or click on a skill below for more information.

Carries on long conversations with friends related to a wide range of topics; plans complex activities with friends

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe children in interaction in non-directed activities, such as during playtime, on the playground, or during lunch.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

Children at this level will discuss a variety of topics, from family to activities, to events. Watch children plan activities together. They combine their ideas to make complex ideas come to life.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help early childhood educators and parents understand the importance of open conversations on all topics of interest to the child. Simple answers are all that are desired or needed. The child’s curiosity needs to be supported. Find answers together if needed.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

©2015 by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit