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 speak audibly and express thoughts, and feelings, and ideas clearly.

Skill Progression: Language production

Age: 42-48 Months

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Produces complex sentences with prepositional phrases (e.g., The dog is behind his house), “wh” clauses (e.g., “I went where the horse live”), simple infinitives (“I want to go to bed")

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during daily routines and play interactions or read the child a storybook.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult reads a storybook with the child. Prompt discussion by saying, “Tell me all the things happening on this page.” Ask what questions the child has about a story or character.

Behavior Observed

The child uses a variety of prepositions, pronouns, and questions that require compound sentences, prepositional phrases, infinitives and clauses.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents can encourage use of more complex sentence structures by modeling their use, providing prompts (e.g., The cat climbed up the tree and…” or “Tell me what you want to do and where you want to do it.”)

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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