Understanding sentences with two key words
Why is this important?
This is part of the continuum of language development: children learn to abstract meaning from one (key) word and then move to being able to do the same with two.
What to do
- Teddy and doll (or two of the child’s toys).
- Two of the following objects: bed/chair/table/box/plate/cup.
- Put out the two toys and three objects.
- Ask the child to put one of the toys ‘in’/‘on’ one of the objects, e.g. ‘Put doll on the table.’ ‘Put teddy in the box.’
- Vary the instructions and use different toys and objects.
Note: The child doesn’t need to understand the prepositions in/on to do this task.