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: 30-33 Months

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Asks questions about the story and characters in the book being read

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child and adult reading familiar and unfamiliar books together.

Elicitation Strategy

When a new book is read take time on each page for the child to be able to study the pictures and ask questions. Asking the child a question related to the pictures in the book, (“What do clouds do?”) may stimulate the child to ask a question related to the pictures as well (“What does the sun do?”)

Behavior Observed

The child asks questions to obtain information (e.g., “What does a bug eat?”)

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to make use of the local library. Let the child explore and check out different kinds of books. This will help the child build knowledge of various genres of books and their uses. Early childhood educators and parents often read storybooks, but expository books with pictures of real living and nonliving things stimulate the child’s interest in and curiosity about the world.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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