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Learning to use groups of words
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For a child to begin using groups of words by himself, he needs to know several words so he can put them together in different ways.
Ways to encourage your child to put words together
When your child says a single word, encourage him to expand on what he says. You could:
Say 'push more'.
Do you want to push high? Can you say 'push high'?
Here are some more ideas for encouraging your child to use groups of words:
- Ask your child about what she is doing.
- When your child has a problem, ask him to tell you how to solve it.
- Ask your child to deliver a simple message.
- Try telling stories together. When your child has heard and seen a story many times, she may be able to tell part of it herself.
the farmer —
- Encourage your child to act out different roles.
- Praise him when he puts words together. By using complete sentences, expand on what he says. Talk to him in complete sentences. But do not expect him to use complete sentences yet.
- Share the ideas or feelings you are thinking about as you play together.
Keep practicing the spoken language. Remember, it is important for your child to have a language that all of you can share.