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: 36-42 Months

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Asks questions and makes comments to demonstrate understanding of literal meaning of story

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during and after a new storybook is read to her. Listen to the child’s comments and questions.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult pauses to allow the child to study the pictures and ask questions or make comments about the story.

Behavior Observed

The child understands different content and details in text and is anxious to talk about what she knows already. She is anxious to find out more about the world and asks many questions about the details in the books.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children now have a memory for all aspects of a story, as well as their own past events. Early childhood educators and parents can help children connect stories and books with their own experiences. Adults can also model asking questions to stimulate children to answer higher-level questions and to think about questions they can ask. Encourage children to dramatize the stories they have read.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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