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 comprehend and use information presented in books and other print media.

Skill Progression: Comprehend and use information presented in books and other print media

Age: 18-21 Months

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Shows empathy for characters or situations depicted in books

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child and adult sharing books.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the child to show you how the characters in the book feels.

Behavior Observed

The child’s facial expressions illustrate the feelings of characters in the book.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents should read many books to the child. As the books are read, the adult can help the child see relationships by talking about how some of the books are alike. For instance, “This book is about the pig named Olivia, like your other Olivia book.” Or “This book has a cow in it like this book, but this cow is black and white and this one is brown and white.” Comparisons like this help the child generalize concepts and differentiate similarities and differences.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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