North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

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

Subdomain: Foundations for Reading

Goal: Children begin to develop knowledge of the alphabet and the alphabetic principle.

Skill Progression: Develop knowledge of the alphabet and the alphabetic principle

Age: 36-42 Months

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Points out words that rhyme in songs, poems, and predictable books

Situations for Observation of Skill

Read a simple rhyming alphabet book, such as A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals from A to Z by Simone DaCosta or Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin, Jr.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult asks the child to identify words that rhyme in the alphabet book when it is read.

Behavior Observed

The child identifies words that rhyme and words that have the same sounds.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents can give children reasons to write their name on their papers, on cards or letters, on notes for others that are dictated to adults, and so on. Provide support when needed and help children associate the letters with their sounds. When reading books, ask children to find rhyming words or words with the same sounds.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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