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 demonstrate the social and behavioral skills needed to successfully participate in groups.

Skill Progression: Social awareness and conscience

Age: 27-30 Months

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Cooperates in games with others

Situations for Observation of Skill

If the child is in a child care program watch the child in group circle games. If the child is at home watch with siblings or with all adults playing a group game.

Elicitation Strategy

Play a simple game such as hide-and-seek or a sing a song with a finger play.

Behavior Observed

The child may not understand the rules of the game, but wants to play. He may make up own rules.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to play games with their child. Share ideas with them (such as songs and finger plays) so they understand what options they have.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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