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: Answers questions

Age: 42-48 Months

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Responds to requests for clarification most of the time

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the adult and child reading a book about unusual animals or insects in nature.

Elicitation Strategy

When a child answers a question, the adult can ask for clarification, “What do you mean?”

Behavior Observed

The child demonstrates understanding of time and causal questions by providing answers, even if the answers are inaccurate.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children learn a variety of time concepts when early childhood educators and parents talk about “when” specific events happen. Ask children questions about activities during the day or week, during the month, or about holidays. Ask children questions about when specific activities occur.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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