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 participate in conversations with peers and adults in one-on-one, small, and larger group interactions.

Skill Progression: Participate in conversations with peers and adults

Age: 54-60 Months

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Begins to understand humor; tries to tell jokes or make others laugh with stories

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in peer discussions throughout the day.

Elicitation Strategy

If humor is not seen spontaneously, the adult can ask the child to tell them a joke or something that she thinks is funny.

Behavior Observed

The child understands how the unexpected is funny and how language used in different ways can be funny. He may tell a joke using a framework (e.g., a knock-knock joke), but not know why it is or is not funny.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Include humorous books into the classroom day and provide suggestions for parents about books that are humorous for children.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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