North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Language Development and Communication (LDC)

Subdomain: Foundations for Reading

Goal: Children develop interest in books and motivation to read.

Skill Progression: Develop interest in books and motivation to read

Age: 4-6 Months

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Recognizes familiar objects and people

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the adult and child sharing a book. Watch the child’s attention to familiar objects or pictures of familiar people.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult can read a simple book with only a few words or labels on the page or just talk to the child about the pictures.

Behavior Observed

The infant’s attention will be drawn to pictures of familiar objects and people. She may pat the picture and look at the adult as if saying, “I know this one.”

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to show the infant pictures of relatives and talk about them with the child. Also, books with familiar objects (clothing, cups, bottles, etc.) allow early childhood educators and parents to help children learn the relationship between real objects and pictures, as well as learn vocabulary. This is the first step toward understanding symbolic representation.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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