Observe the child in play with the adult. Listen for the child’s sentence length and structure.
Comment on what the child is doing with the toys and ask questions. “Is that Mommy’s book or Sam’s book?”
The child uses possessives and connects words with and.
Encourage parents to play and read books with the child. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to model the use of possessives and connecting words when reading or playing. For example, “Look. The bear is holding two things. What has he got in his paws?”
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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