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: 30-33 Months

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Responds to 33% of questions asked by adults

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the adult and child reading a story with a variety of unusual actions, such as Olivia Saves the Circus.

Elicitation Strategy

Have the adult talk about the pictures on each page before reading the text. This will give the adult an opportunity to ask questions like, “What is she doing up there?”

Behavior Observed

The child understands most simple questions and gives answers, but may not be able to answer more difficult questions (e.g., “Why is she swinging?”) or questions that require a complex answer.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

At this age children’s vocabulary is growing rapidly. Action and descriptive words are being added daily. Early childhood educators and parents can help children learn by reading books to children to expand their world. Read books with actions by people, animals, insects, and other characters, and introduce words describing what each are doing.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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