North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Language Development and Communication (LDC)

Subdomain: Learning to Communicate

Goal: Children ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.

Skill Progression: Asks questions

Age: 24-27 Months

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Uses three types of questions: 1) Word + intonation (e.g., “Drink?”) 2) What + noun with implied action (e.g., “What doggie (doing)?" 3) Where + noun (“Where blanky?”)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with novel toys or objects or on an outing to a store or other community location.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child uses a variety of types of questions.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Responding to children’s questions is a primary way early childhood educators and parents help children learn. Provide just the basic information requested. Too much information may not be absorbed and children may stop listening. Model asking questions.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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