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: 36-42 Months

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Plays with miniatures, such as a dollhouse, garage, school house, etc. to act out familiar sequences; provides a narrative to actions

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in play with peers with miniatures.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child engages with peers to discuss the characters, plot, props needed, etc. The play sequences evolve through discussion and play dialogue.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Play with miniatures requires a higher level of thinking, because children need to think about the actions and language of multiple characters at the same time. Adults should provide miniature characters (e.g., family members, superheroes, story characters, etc.) for children to create narratives. Also give children materials to create props for their characters (e.g., blocks, paper, tape, string, toys furniture, cars, etc.).

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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