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 phonological awareness.

Skill Progression: Develop phonological awareness

Age: 18-21 Months

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Listens to songs and nursery rhymes and imitates words

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the adult and child singing and moving to familiar songs or saying nursery rhymes or finger plays.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child moves to the rhythm showing understanding of the underlying beat. He can also say or sing many of the words in rhythm with the adult.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to sing songs frequently with the child and read nursery rhymes and rhyming books to the child. The rhythm of songs and rhymes is appealing to a young child. Singing and saying rhymes helps the child learn to segment and break words into syllables. This is an important skill for reading.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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