36 to 60 months
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Participates in and creates songs, rhymes, and games that play with sounds of language (e.g., claps out sounds or rhythms of language)
Identifies initial sound of words, with assistance (e.g., book begins with the /b/ sound)
Makes three or more letter-sound correspondences (e.g., identifies that “David,” “day,” and “dog” all begin with “d”)
Finds objects in a picture with the same beginning sound, with assistance
Differentiates between similar-sounding words (e.g., “three” and “tree”)