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

  • Gather together:
    ★ 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.
    N.B. The child doesn’t need to understand the prepositions in/on to do this task.