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: Behavioral regulation

Age: 36-42 Months

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Shows self-control with wrongdoing

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in daily routines or in- group play.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child shows evidence of thinking before acting. For example, the child may pick up a toy and then realize another child is using it and give it back. The child may start to do something that is known to be wrong (e.g., starts to go outside, stops self, and goes back).

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Much of this evolving skill is internally directed by the child’s thinking. Early childhood educators and parents can watch and when they see a potential problem arising, advise the child to “think before you do something.” This may give the child a warning to not act too quickly.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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