Grammar games are not really games....but how we talk to our children while we play ANY game.
The best way to help your children develop grammar skills is to adjust the way you talk with them.
To me...this is actually easier and FREE!
Most children do not need to be taught grammar structures directly at a young age. Children learn from exposure through story reading and talking with adults and friends. Through multiple exposures, our children develop a “schematic” for grammar naturally.
Children with language delays require more exposure and/or direct teaching by a professional.
At home, to best help our children, all we need to do is learn a few simple tricks.
The best way to talk to your child is through varied conversation. When playing with toys, the trick is to say sentences using the toys as the subject. You will naturally vary your grammar use. For example:
These sentences use a variety of subjects and verbs
AVOID always directing you child or giving commands
These sentences do not offer a variety of grammatical structures
AVOID always using self-talk or parrellel talk
If we simply narrate our day ALL DAY LONG, we don't use a variety of sentence structures. This means less exposure for our children!
****Self-talk and parallel talk IS RECOMMENDED at other times during the day to work on vocabulary. Just switch it up!****
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While you play with animals or people, use a variety of sentences.
Reading is one of the best, if not THE best, grammar games or language activity. You can introduce and review many grammatical structures including verbs, subjects, pronouns while having a visual (pictures)!
Review how BEST to read to your child during grammar games here.
On a walk, preferably in a park where other people are present, talk about what everyone ELSE is doing, not just what you are doing. For example: