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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Listens to longer stories

Situations for Observation of Skill

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

Elicitation Strategy

Read an unfamiliar storybook that has 15-20 pages. Ask the child to tell you what is happening in the pictures.

Behavior Observed

The child listens with interest to new, longer stories. She attends to, comments, and asks questions about the details in the pictures.

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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