In a previous post I explained how to help your kids to make sentences more longer and more interesting. You can check that out here. This time, you can guide your child to make more conceptually sound and opinionated sentences. Using words to contrast or compare can make for great opening sentences for paragraphs. They can also make ideas more clearer. They can be used for effectiveness in creative writing exercises. The basic concept is that it binds together two phrases in a way that either compares or contrasts. Connectives are also commonly know and conjunctions. So what are these words and how can your kids make proper use out of them? Read on.
Children are usually taught about connectives at school, but I feel that it is such an under rated topic. Luckily, parents of young kids can easily build up on the concepts taught at school. I can not stress the importance of being the ‘hands on’ parent as I like to call them. Adding in this particular ingredient in the mix of the wide world of education, makes for a sure fire recipe for better than good learning and behaviour.
Consider these words:
Now ask your child to pick up any object and jot down the first two thoughts that come to his mind. Using the list above, choose the most appropriate word to link the two sentences. It could be that the two sentences are similar to each other or that they are contrasting each other. Watch your child smile with pride when he has made a longer and more conceptually vivid sentence. He’ll want to use them all.
Here is a worksheet to make things clearer-
And a PPT for more fun with connectives:
Here is a fun fact you can tell your child:
The letter ‘waao’ in the Arabic language denotes the word ‘and’. It is a commonly used word in the Holy Quran. Consider this sentence:
The orange letter is the conjunction that means ‘and’.
To conclude, using conjunctions is an effective way to make sentences better. Use them in ‘conjunction’ with the ‘stretching your sentences’ technique mentioned above. See your child become a little author.