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Where Questions

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Introduction


By four years of age, a child should be able to answer “who” questions correctly. 

Grammar Review:

"Where" questions refer to a location.

  • Where is the butterfly? On the leaf

This section is comprised of:

  • Drill Practice
  • Functional Grames

Drill Practice:

To initially teach a child how to answer “where” questions, begin with the flashcard activity. The visuals (pictures) on the cards combined with the decreased distractions of daily life are very beneficial. However, don’t spend too much time here, maybe just a day or two.

Functional Games:

After initially teaching how to answer “where” questions, start to play one of the functional games. These games will help with generalization of progress made to conversational speech. 

Where Questions Games


1. Flash Card Teaching Phase

Needed Materials:

How To Use Cards:

  1. Print the cards or pull them up on some sort of device (computer, tablet, iPad, etc…)
  2. Sit down at a table with your child and get out/pull up the cards.
  3. First, read a question from one of the cards and then answer your own question. Have your child repeat your answer. Do this for a few rounds so your child starts to learn to answer the questions with a place/location.
  4. Once, your child has learned the pattern, ask him/her a question and wait for a response. If your child answers it correctly, say good job and move on to the next one. If your child makes a mistake, provide the correct answer and explain why. Then, move on.

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2. Reading

What You Need: 

A book your child knows well 

How To Play: 

Sit down and read with your child. It is important to pick a story that your child already knows. This way he/she doesn’t have to learn new vocabulary and learn how to answer “where” questions at the same time. 

When a character enters a new a location, ask your child “where is ____(name of character) now?” Wait for a response. If your child says the correct answer, praise him/her and keep reading. 

If your child doesn’t know how to answer the question or says the wrong answer, point to the picture and repeat the question. If he/she still doesn’t know how to answer it, say the answer and ask him/her to repeat it. 

Tip:

Don’t ask too many questions while reading. Just a few each night will suffice!

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3. Where should we go?

What You Need:

A car or somewhere to walk

How To Play: 

When a family drives in a car, they are going somewhere! Let’s use this fact to our advantage. When driving, ask your child a question…”where are we going?” It is very simple!

There are more creative ways to play this game; however, they may be suitable for older children! Try it out and see! 

While driving or walking, point out another person in a car and ask:

  • “Where do you think he is going?”
  • or... find an animal and ask “where is ____(name of animal) going?”
  • or...talk about favorite places and ask “where do you really want to go?”

Ask a question and wait for a response. If your child makes a mistake, point out the correct answer and explain why. 

Tip: Make these questions as natural as possible! Avoid every conversation sounding like a quiz.

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