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 understand communications from others.

Skill Progression: Understand communication from others

Age: 27-30 Months

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Knows amount words (one, all)

Situations for Observation of Skill

As above, observe the child during doll play with an adult. Have props for a big doll and a small doll, including wash cloths, bottles, bowls and spoons, and a few pieces of cereal, etc.

Elicitation Strategy

When feeding the baby, the adult can say, “My baby wants one piece of cereal.” And “My baby is so hungry! She wants all the cereal.”

Behavior Observed

The child hands the adult “one” or “all” of something.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to talk about object functions during daily activities. For example, “This coat will keep you warm.” “Let’s clean your teeth with your toothbrush.” Adults can also explain functions of objects as the child observes them being used. “The wheels go round and make the car go.” The child is learning global characteristics of amount, such as more, many, all, all gone. Adults should use these terms and begin to count with one-to-one correspondence to three, so the child begins to learn discrete amounts.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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