North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Health and Physical Development (HPD)

Subdomain: Self-Care

Goal: Children develop independence in caring for themselves and their environment.

Skill Progression: Dressing

Age: 54-60 Months

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Chooses weather appropriate clothing

Situations for Observation of Skill

Read a book about the different seasons and the weather. Discuss clothing that is worn during each season. Observe the child dressing in the dramatic play area and when going outside to play.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask questions about what the child wears in different weather and why. Provide different types of clothing in the dramatic play area, so the child practices using different fasteners, etc.

Behavior Observed

The child seeks out a coat, boots, hat, etc. when appropriate.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Give children an opportunity to demonstrate their skills. Let them become clothing designers for different weather in various countries, after they have studied the people, costumes, and weather in a country of their choice.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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