As children develop their language, they elaborate their noun phrases by adding more information in the form of articles (a/the) and adjectives (describing words). They may start with “dog” then move to “a dog”, and eventually move into adding describing words “a fluffy dog”.
Many children who have difficulties with language fail to understand and produce adjectives. In addition to this, the subtle nature of articles often goes unnoticed, and needs focused teaching. This resource was designed with such children in mind. For difficult concepts, multiple examples are given to further highlight the differences between polar opposites. Please note that the concepts included cannot be taught efficiently though pictures alone, and real life conversations and experiences need to be used to demonstrate these concepts.
Four cards per page are provided, with two phrases per card (many are opposites). The cards can also be easily cut into two piece puzzles. The adult can say the first phrase e.g. “a long ladder” and support the child as needed in saying the second phrase “a short ladder”.
- 52 cards are provided. Many of the tricky concepts have four cards related to that concept provided e.g. hot and cold, big and small, dirty and clean, long and short etc.
- Additional handouts are provided on ideas of how to continue this teaching in the child’s natural environment.