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: 54-60 Months

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Demonstrates a strong sense of right and wrong for self and others

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during daily routines of classroom and home.

Elicitation Strategy

If this is not seen naturally, the adult can ask questions about what the child would do in specific situations. For example, “What would you do if you saw someone being punished for something he didn’t do?”

Behavior Observed

The child argues for what she believes is “fair” or “right.” The child presents justification for why her position is right.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help parents understand that fairness becomes a big issue for children at this level. This provides an opportunity for adults to examine aspects of fairness and justice.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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