Observe the child in daily routines. Record or write down the conversation for later analysis.
Ask the child a question with the verb is as a stand-alone word (not combined with another verb). For example, play a hide-the-object game and ask, “What is in the box?”
The child uses the verb is without a connecting verb: I am; he is; the X was.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to model complex sentences, particularly ones using but, or, because, then, etc. These words allow children to express more complex relationships.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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