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 book knowledge and print awareness.

Skill Progression: Develop book knowledge and print awareness

Age: 21-24 Months

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Distinguishes print from non-print (e.g., picture or drawing)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Listen as the child describes how to read.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the child what part of the page tells you what to read.

Behavior Observed

The child points to the print when asked to show where the words are that tell the story.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to point out the text and tell the child, “These marks are print. It tells me what the book says.” Point out specific words of interest to the child.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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