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Old 07-30-08, 09:42 PM
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So, does anyone have any good book suggestions on teaching children the proper way to use pronouns?

Aharon, who is 9yrs old, is STILL having a hard time with he/him, she/her and they/them. He's been in speech therapy for the last three years, and is still not using his pronouns properly.

I've been working with him, but he just doesn't get it.

"Her grabbed my legos," he says. Or "Them is being mean to me." We've got "Him not know what I say," and "Her not like me."

I'm just not sure what else to do, so I thought about buying him some books on pronouns. I was wondering if there are any out there that are appropriate for him. He doesn't know how to read, he can read a little, but not very much, so I need to find something he can understand.
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I think you should make a book. Get your digital camera and some tag board. Then, you can stage little things-- get the pics printed out, and then make the book WITH your son. Do one picture a day. Glue it down, and then write on the page...
"Mommy grabbed my legos."
"She grabbed my legos."
Poke holes and put in a pronged folder or a binder.
The next day, pick another picture.
Josh and Matthew are mean to me.
They are mean to me.
One picture per page, with the words right underneath. Use a big magic marker.
Each day, read the old ones plus a new one.
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Old 07-30-08, 10:15 PM
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I teach English/language arts to 7th graders and I have kids who often make pronoun mistakes in the middle of a sentence (like -- Susy is overly suspicious of girls who aren't like her and her own friends. (It should be "she" since the sentence needs a subject not object pronoun in that position)).


Not being an elementary teacher, I'd be interested to hear what his teacher says about this and what the approach he/she suggested is.

My best suggestion, since I don't know of any good books other than grammar workbooks from teacher stores, is to repeat it correctly for him each time as a question, like "Do you mean "she grabbed my legos?" By asking a question it removes some of the confrontation of correcting constantly and reviews the correct form. If the child responds in a complete sentence, it should come out correctly.

Good Luck!

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Oh and when he reads-- and when you read, point under the first letter of each word. That way he knows where to look at words. That will help his reading as well. Do not cover the picture because he's "memorizing." That's fine. As long as he looks at the words as he reads and points.
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Old 07-30-08, 10:22 PM
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gosh, that must be so frustrating!

I too, (and I'm sure you are too) am a corrector. I correct all improper grammar and always have to my children. If you're not already correcting each sentence, then I'd start doing this. I know that some kids don't like the corrections, but honestly, the only way to fix the problem is to acknowledge it and if it's not 'corrected' on the spot, then it's not acknowledged. kwim?
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