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: 36-42 Months

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Tells story when looking at a familiar book

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child when an adult is reading familiar and unfamiliar books.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult picks a storybook that is familiar to the child, and says, “This looks like a good story. Tell me what happens in this book.”

Behavior Observed

The child relates a detailed sequence of events from a familiar storybook.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to use the local library to introduce new and longer books to their child. Exposure to a variety of books becomes more important as the child enters preschool. Number books, rhyming books, storybooks, and expository books are all important for expanding the child’s conceptual understanding. Early childhood educators and parents can help the child increase curiosity, explore, discover, and apply what he finds in books.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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