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 begin to develop knowledge of the alphabet and the alphabetic principle.

Skill Progression: Develop knowledge of the alphabet and the alphabetic principle

Age: 36-42 Months

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Comments about words that have the same sounds

Situations for Observation of Skill

Read a simple rhyming alphabet book, such as A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals from A to Z by Simone DaCosta or Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin, Jr.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult picks three words from the text, including two that start with the same sounds, and asks the child to pick the words that start with the same sounds.

Behavior Observed

The child hears and identifies words with the same initial sounds.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents can give children reasons to write their name on their papers, on cards or letters, on notes for others that are dictated to adults, and so on. Provide support when needed and help children associate the letters with their sounds. When reading books, ask children to find rhyming words or words with the same sounds.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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