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 describe familiar people, places, things, and events.

Skill Progression: Use of narrative skills to describe

Age: 10-12 Months

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Imitates behaviors such as washing and feeding the baby

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during pretend play with two baby dolls or stuffed animals.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult pretends to feed the doll or stuffed animal a bottle saying, “My baby is hungry.”

Behavior Observed

The infant watches the adult and imitates the actions of feeding the baby.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents often underestimate the infant’s play abilities. Encourage them to introduce baby dolls or stuffed animals (for both boys and girls) at this age. Children are gaining interest in daily activities and doing these activities for themselves. Baby dolls or stuffed animals allow them to take a nurturing role.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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