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: Asks questions

Age: 36-42 Months

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Regularly requests clarifications

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the adult teaching the child a new song or finger play.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child asks the adult to repeat or clarify, (e.g., “What did you say?”) the words to the song.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children often stop paying attention if they don’t understand something. Early childhood educators and parents can remind children to ask for clarification when needed. “You can say, ‘I don’t understand’ or ‘Say that again.’”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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