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 respond to and use a growing vocabulary.

Skill Progression: Respond to and use a growing vocabulary

Age: 33-36 Months

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Uses pronouns as subjects and objects (I, you, he she, it, we, they; me, you him, her, it, us, them)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Read a funny storybook, such as Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask questions using pronouns. “What do you think he is going to do?” “Who will get the pizzas? Him? Or Them?”

Behavior Observed

The child will identify and label at least a circle.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to use books and community trips to expand the child’s vocabulary and answer his questions about the world. Count objects whenever possible and meaningful. Play “I Spy” with circle shapes. “I Spy a circle that has writing in it.” If the child uses pronouns incorrectly, early childhood educators and parents should not point out the child is wrong; rather, correct the child by paraphrasing his statement with the correct pronoun. For example, if the child says, “Him is running.” The adult can say, “He is running fast.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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