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 develop book knowledge and print awareness.

Skill Progression: Develop book knowledge and print awareness

Age: 54-60 Months

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Attempts to incorporate print conventions such as spacing, alignment, and punctuation (though inaccurately)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe children writing a statement to describe a picture or drawing.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the child to write about the picture.

Behavior Observed

The child knows many letters (especially those in her name) and writes with letters or symbols in a sequence. Some children may have spaces between words.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents often do not ask children to write independently without copying or practicing specific writing tasks. Independent writing is important because children have to think about and plan what letters to write, how to write them, and how to sequence them in relation to the sounds of words. Adults can assess children’s understanding of sounds and letters and then help them make modifications at their level of understanding.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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