North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Social Connections

Goal: Children identify and demonstrate acceptance of similarities and differences between themselves and others

Skill Progression: Identify and demonstrate acceptance of similarities and differences

Age: 54-60 Months

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Begin to understand that race is more than a difference in color; becomes aware of different cultures and begins to ask questions about them; establishing an ethnic identity

Situations for Observation of Skill

Read a book about children from different parts of the world.

Elicitation Strategy

Discuss how children eat, dress, live, and behave differently depending on where they live, their culture, or religion. Talk about the child’s own life in comparison to those in the book.

Behavior Observed

Children describe their own practices and maybe those of someone they know from another culture or country. They have more questions than information at this level.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Introduction to other cultures is a critical part of learning about the bigger world and diversity. Early childhood educators should make this an ongoing discussion and integrate diversity into the curriculum all year. Also help parents understand the importance of exposing children to other cultures through books, friends, culture fairs, exhibits, and so on.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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