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: 42-48 Months

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Seeks out peers for conversations, rather than adults

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in classroom activities, including a group discussion during circle or small group time, in the dramatic play area, and during free play on the playground.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child waits for a turn in a group conversation, though may still blurt out his comment.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators need to lead small group discussions to allow children to learn how to listen to others and contribute in turn. Allow small groups of children to dictate narratives about events in the classroom and on field trips, as well as dictating stories they create. Incorporate opportunities for discussion of topics related to classroom themes into the day.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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