Singular and Plural Pronouns
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Singular and Plural Pronouns

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In the English language, there are several different parts of speech, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns to name just a few. When a child begins to use these different parts of speech, they'll learning the building blocks to eventually form phrases and sentences. A variety of different types of words in a child’s language helps their speech to sound more mature.

Today we are focusing on pronouns, specifically first person pronouns. These include I, Me, We, and Us. Let’s look at a few of these, and cover some tips you can use to teach and reinforce these pronouns at home.

Modeling the use of “I"

Kids benefit from our good speech modeling in everyday situations. Children learn by listening to those around them and mimicking their speech patterns. Modeling is a technique where we target certain sounds and words we want our child to learn so they hear them repeatedly.

You can model the use of “I” in conjunction with verbs in very simple phrases. Start by simply narrating your day, or activities that you are doing with you child. For example if you are swinging at the park with your child, say “I swing!” If you are going down the slide say, “I slide!” Then have them try and imitate your speech when it's their turn.

Teaching the use of “I”

When it comes to the use of “I”, it’s all about rewards! Find something that your child is extremely motivated by. For example, if your child typically tells you “cookie,” to request a cookie, have your child imitate “I want” or “I want cookie”. This helps target the use of “I”, as well as lengthens their verbalization into a longer and more complex phrases or sentences.

Learning Plural Pronouns

Additionally, it’s important to teach children about plural pronouns. Sometimes, we need to use pronouns to refer to a group of people, instead of just one person. To target the plural forms, such as “We,” you can also model things you are doing together. For example, “We slide!” or “We swing!” It may feel a little silly or unnatural to consistently narrate your activities and everyday life, but the benefits for your child are amazing.

To work on teaching the pronoun “Us,” play in front of a mirror with your child, or look at photos of the two of you. You can say, “Do you see us?” “I see us!” or “Look, it’s both of us!” while pointing to the mirror or photo. Soon your child will learn that “us” refers to more than one person, and even includes themself.

Every time you target these goals, you are building and expanding your child’s vocabulary. Start implementing them today!


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