June Step Up to School Readiness Goal

DOMAIN: Language Development and Communication

SUBDOMAIN: Foundations for Reading

DEVELOPMENTAL INDICATORS

Infants (Birth to 12 months):

  • Pat and chew on books
  • Look at pictures of faces and simple objects
  • Listen to simple and repetitive books, stories, and songs.

Younger Toddlers (8 to 21 months):

  • Engage in reading behaviors independently (choose books, turn pages but not always in order, tell the story).
  • Show interest in books (e.g., tactile and picture books).
  • Listen to simple and repetitive books, stories, and songs for a brief time.
  • Carry books around, “name” them, and select books for adults to read out loud.

Older Toddlers (18 to 36 months)

  • Engage in reading behaviors independently (choose books, turn pages but not always in order, tell the story).
  • Listen for short periods of time to storybooks, informational books, stories, poetry, songs, and finger plays.

Younger Preschoolers (36 to 48 months)

  • Engage in reading behaviors independently (choose books, turn pages but not always in order, tell the story).
  • Show an interest in books, other print, and reading related activities.
  • Listen to and discuss storybooks, simple information books, and poetry.

Older Preschoolers (48 to 60+ months)

  • Engage in reading behaviors independently with increased focus for longer periods of time.
  • Use and share books and print in their play.
  • Listen to and discuss increasingly complex storybooks, information books and poetry.

Click here for more on Step Up to School Readiness and the SC Early Learning Standards.

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