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: 42-48 Months

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Asks “why” and "how"

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the adult and child reading a book about unusual animals or insects in nature.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child asks a variety of questions about unknown animals or interesting creatures.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Nature books inspire the child’s curiosity. Asking “why” and “how” questions is an important way children learn about cause-and effect relationships.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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