Incorporating Pronoun Practice into Everyday Life

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As children develop language it is not uncommon to notice that they make errors in their use of
pronouns. Pronouns typically start to develop around the age of 12 months and should be fully acquired
around age four. The first pronouns we see develop are I and it, shortly followed by you. So how do we
best support our children as they work on learning their pronouns? Here are some great ways to
incorporate pronoun practice into your everyday routines.

1. MODEL!!! I will say that one more time… MODEL!
Modeling language is the best way to teach language. When you are home or out and about
(basically any opportunity you have to use language) focus on providing models of proper
pronoun use when communicating with your child. For example, if you are at the park and
there is a little boy on a swing you can model “HE is on the swing”.

2. Correct your child’s error.
If your child says, “Him on the swing” you can repeat back “Yes, he is on the swing”.

3. Pick a good book
Choose a book that is about people or animals. As you look through the pictures take the
opportunity to use pronouns as you describe what the people or animals in the story are

4. Pretend play
Pretend play is another great way to incorporate a lot of language into an activity. Playing
with a dollhouse, kitchen, animals, dinosaurs, etc., are all great ways to target pronoun use.
Use sentences such as “They are sleeping”. “She is eating”. He gave him a piece of cake.”
“I want to put it in the house.” “You are sleeping”.

5. Look through family pictures

Looking through family photos is not only fun but is also a great way to practice pronouns as
we learn and talk about our family members.

6. TV shows and movies

Snuggle up on the couch and watch a good show with your child. Use this opportunity to
discuss what you are watching, and as you do, model proper pronoun use. Find ways to
talk about the show or movie that involves using pronouns to describe what the
characters are doing.

If you have any more questions about pronouns or your child’s language acquisition schedule
a free consultation with us today. We are here to support you and your child as they become
a confident communicator!

With warmth and gratitude,
The Fox Team


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