Throw away your flashcards and opt for REAL interactions with your child. Why? Because language was created to COMMUNICATE and is best learned in real communicative experiences. What does that mean?
Well, flashcards, more often than not, are going to work on nouns. Things. Ball. Truck. Cup. Bird. It’s like the Flashcard Name Game.
But, guess what? Your child can not make sentences out of just names or nouns (or if he does, those sentences will not make sense). If you ever want your child to be able to make two-word phrases, like “throw ball” or “eat apple”, you’ve got to get in there and put marks on some pages for verbs. And even if your child isn’t ready for two-word phrases yet, focusing on a combination of nouns and verbs makes sure your child can communicate about a variety of things AND activities.
So, stop the annoying Flashcard Name Game and go play. Do! That’s how you work on verbs – by doing! Get on the floor or get outside and jump, eat, open, close, stack, throw, kick, mix, cook, go.
Caution: Flashcard Name Game is not actually limited to flashcards. You may catch yourself playing that annoying game with any number of objects or toys (ex: puzzles, blocks). To keep from doing that, try to talk about what your child is doing instead. So for the puzzle you could put marks on the page for the words “in” or “out”, and for the blocks you could marks on the page for the words “up” and “down”.
If you need more help, don’t forget about this great video of a mom filling the page for “down”. She had to do all kinds of DOING to fill that page!
Do you have a page you are working on now for verbs? What is it?