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: 33-36 Months

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Follows a narrative and talks about it

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in play with peers.

Elicitation Strategy

While reading a story with a child, the adult talks about several things that are happening (e.g., What are the bears doing while Goldilocks is messing up the house?)

Behavior Observed

The child follows a story line, and talks about different aspects of the story.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Again, encourage early childhood educators and parents to read to and talk about the pictures and content in books several times a day. Exposure to and discussion about books is critical for learning vocabulary and narrative skills. Explain to adults that children need to read a variety of different types of books, with real pictures, rhymes, counting, and so on. The more diversity, the better. Encourage children to play together by providing more than one of an item, so the topic isn’t who gets the toy, but rather what to do together.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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