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: 42-48 Months

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Cooperates in coordinated dramatic play, creating a narrative with a complex theme or story

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the children in play with thematic props.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child helps develop a play narrative and plays a contributing character with consistent actions and dialogue. Play ideas, actions, and dialogue are negotiated with peers.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children now understand each other’s actions and intentions. They need opportunities to jointly plan play narratives. These can be based on themes, stories, or their own fantasies. Provide props or materials to make props for their ideas. Encourage parents to have play dates.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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