For Parents, Language Therapy

Teaching Pronouns with Snuffleupagus

This will be short and sweet:

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“Snuffleupagus woke up early in the morning and brushed Snuffleupagus’s teeth. Then Snuffleupagus made a cup of coffee to help start the day off with a bang. Next Snuffleupagus got on the train to visit some family. On the way, Snuffleupagus met a new friend. After talking for hours, Snuffleupagus finally arrived at Aunt Sally’s house.”

That. Sounds. Ridiculous.

I like to use this example when explaining to my kiddos what pronouns are and why they’re important. We use pronouns so that we don’t have to say a noun’s name again and again (and again). It is much easier to tell and listen to a story where pronouns are used. It was a little obnoxious to read that blurb, correct? Your students will agree. But when we add our handy dandy pronouns…

“Snuffleupagus woke up early in the morning and brushed his teeth. Then he made a cup of coffee to help start the day off with a bang. Next he got on the train to visit some family. On the way, he met a new friend. After talking for hours, Snuffleupagus finally arrived at Aunt Sally’s house.”

Much better.

It’s a silly example but that is exactly what makes it memorable. Use this little concept to teach your kids why we need to work on pronouns. They allow is to be efficient in our communication and make it easier for our friends to listen to what we have to say.

See? Short!
-Lindsey

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