A preposition is a word that indicates location, and shows us where a noun can go. Examples of prepositions include: above, below, up, near, and into.
Does your son or daughter use prepositions in conversation? According to The Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale, children 33 months of age should use early developing prepositions such as in, on, under or inside.
One fun way to help your preschooler understand and use prepositions is to practice following and giving directions with prepositions.
Play: The Preposition Chair Game
Place two chairs next to each other, but slightly apart (so your child can stand between the chairs):
First, practice directions with your child:
Go around the chairs.
Go on a chair.
Go under a chair. (If your child can’t fit his or her whole body under the chair, encourage a foot, hand, etc. to go under the chair)
Go between the chairs.
Go beside the chairs.
Go in front of the chairs.
Go behind the chairs.
Go over a chair (or both the chairs)
Next, give the same directions to your preschooler to follow on his / her own.
Finally, encourage your child to take over and “be the teacher.” This will give your preschooler the opportunity to give structured sentence-length directions while you follow along.
Reinforce Prepositions Throughout the Day
Learn a song that will help you remember prepositions, and play a game you can use with your child to support preposition usage.
Make it fun!!
If your child has difficulty understanding and using prepositions, or you have other concerns about your child’s language development, please contact Stephanie Sigal, speech and language therapist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie works with children in their Upper East Side of Manhattan homes.