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 speak audibly and express thoughts, and feelings, and ideas clearly.

Skill Progression: Language production

Age: 33-36 Months

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Produces complex sentences

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during daily routines and play interactions.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult talks with the child about what he is doing, when he will do activities, and where he will be doing things. In play talk about the location of objects, relationships, and sequence of actions.

Behavior Observed

The child uses vocabulary to compare, locate and relate objects and activities according to size, distance, and time.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents often rely on basic descriptors such as size, shape, and color. These are important, but children of this level can learn more complex descriptors and relationships. Use terms to compare objects and events (tall/taller; long/longer; first/last; new/old; soon/later; morning/evening, smooth/rough; etc.).

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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