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: 42-48 Months

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Asks what specific words are in text

Situations for Observation of Skill

Look at short written phrases or signs with pictures.

Elicitation Strategy

Tell the child what the phrase or sign is about but don’t read the sign.

Behavior Observed

The child may ask what specific words say in the text.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents can help children learn to use text context by reading certain words and asking children what the missing word says. For example, if the text says, “Do not touch,” the adult reads, “… not touch.” Point to the missing word and say what do you think this word says, “…not touch.” If children don’t know, read the phrase and point to each word as it is read.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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