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 describe familiar people, places, things, and events.

Skill Progression: Use of narrative skills to describe

Age: 15-18 Months

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Pretends to sleep, eat, etc. with actions directed toward self

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in play with objects from his daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

Provide objects from daily routines (e.g., phone, wash cloth, towel, dishes, eating utensils, etc.). If needed, the adult can model using these objects.

Behavior Observed

The child understands “pretend” actions, and acts these out as part of a simple play scenario.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Explain to parents that dramatic play is important for children’s development of memory, sequencing, and creativity. They can play an important role in stimulating and extending the child’s thinking by playing with him and making play suggestions.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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