Your 3 1/2-year-old: Grammar quirks

Your 3 1/2-year-old: Grammar quirks

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Your 3-year-old now

You thought your child had the language thing down. Now you hear him making grammatical mistakes he never seemed to make before.

Don't worry. This is normal. As preschoolers pick up grammar rules, they tend to apply them in all cases. This is called over-regularization. For instance, they're learning that they need to add "ed" to make the past tense, so they add it to all verbs. Instead of "I went to the store," they'll say, "I goed to the store." More examples: "I winned." "She fallded down."

Instead of pointing out the mistake and correcting it, model good grammar by repeating the sentence back using the proper verb tense. "Yes, I went to the store with you."

Pronouns are another tricky spot: "Her stayed at my house today." Again, discreetly insert the proper pronoun as you continue your conversation. "How long did she stay at your house today?" Take care to use the right pronoun in your own speech: Instead of saying, "Mama can help you," say "I can help you."

Your life now

Feel slightly ridiculous parroting "Good job!" for every little thing your child does well? Keep a varied supply of praise phrases on hand and you'll soon find that he's more willing to cooperate and progress. Some to try:

  • Thanks for helping me.
  • I like how you...
  • I knew I could count on you.
  • You're such a good helper.
  • Wow, thanks, I needed that.
  • I heard Dad say that you did a good job when you...
  • Hey! I heard you say please just beautifully!
  • Gimme five!

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