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 ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.

Skill Progression: Answers questions

Age: 27-30 Months

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Answers variety of simple questions asked by another accurately

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with novel toys or objects or on an outing to a store or other community location.

Elicitation Strategy

As the adult and child interact, the adult can ask the child different questions: • “What is that?” • “Which one do you like?” • “Where should we go?” • “What do you want to do?” • “Do you want to sing a song?”

Behavior Observed

The child understands and demonstrates enough vocabulary to give answers to simple questions in complete sentences.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Outings provide great opportunities for parents to answer children’s questions. As their world expands beyond the home they have increasing interest in the new things they see and actions they experience. Parents need to discuss and label these things and events. Parents can also ask questions to discover children’s thoughts, preferences, and understanding about the world.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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