Your 28-month-old: Understanding grammar

Your 28-month-old: Understanding grammar

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Your 2-year-old now

A preschooler learns many new words and their meanings every single day. The reason is that by 24 months, her brain is literally processing new sounds faster than ever before. Putting them together in perfectly grammatical ways is another story, however. Learning the complexities of the English language takes time. (Just look at how many adults still have trouble!)

You don't have to teach proper grammar to a preschooler. Amazingly, between the ages of 2 and 3, they pick up correct use of verbs, pronouns, prepositions, and all the other bits and parts of language simply by listening and practicing. Patterns of words and phrases are automatically sorted by the brain and stored for future reference.

Among the exciting changes to look out for in the coming year:

  • Proper pronouns. Switching from "me" or the child's name (Me want, Kate want) to "I" (I want).
  • Adding plurals. Toys. Dogs. Cookies.
  • Using adjectives. Nice doggie.
  • Using progressive verbs. Whee, riding!

Expect grammatical mistakes and mix-ups to continue for a while, though – especially when there are strange exceptions, like "mice" ("mouses") or "go" and "went" instead of the more logical "go" and "goed."

Your life now

It's exhausting being vigilant 24/7 with your young child. But kids ages 1 and 2 are especially vulnerable to accidents like drowning and poisoning. Most accidents don't occur because parents aren't careful but because they're momentarily distracted. So be especially wary during critical stress hours: the morning rush out the door, right before dinner, at parties, on vacation, when you have guests, or when you're running late.

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