Present Progressive Tense – Home Based Speech Therapy Activity

By Rajini D

Last Updated: May 27, 2024

Embark on an exhilarating linguistic journey with “Action in Progress,” an immersive activity crafted to teach your child about forming present progressive tense phrases. Tailored for children aged 3 to 4, including those with developmental disparities or special needs, this activity fosters understanding and application of the present progressive tense in a dynamic and captivating manner.

Setting the Stage:

Prepare an inviting space where your child feels at ease. Assemble items that inspire action, such as toys, balls, or simple household objects, cultivating an environment conducive to active learning.

1. Demonstrating Present Progressive Tense:

Initiate the learning process by demonstrating actions with toys. Move a toy car and articulate, ‘The car is moving.’ Encourage your child to emulate by performing an action with a toy and describing it using present progressive tense, like ‘I am pushing the car.’

2. Interactive Action Games:

Infuse the learning experience with excitement by transforming it into a game. Execute an action, such as jumping, and employ the phrase ‘I am jumping.’ Prompt your child to engage in a different action and narrate it using the present progressive verb.

3. Incorporating Daily Activities:

Seize opportunities within daily routines to practice present progressive verbs. Whether during mealtime, playtime, or dressing, employ phrases like ‘I am eating,’ ‘You are playing,’ or ‘We are getting dressed.’

Addressing Potential Concerns:

Difficulty Using Present Progressive Tense

If the present progressive tense poses a challenge, focus on one verb at a time. Offer clear demonstrations and encourage repetition to reinforce comprehension.

Limited Attention Span

Sustain your child’s engagement by integrating their favorite toys or activities into the exercises. Keep sessions brief and lively to retain interest.

Confusion with Tense Forms

In instances of tense confusion, gently correct and elucidate the difference. Employ consistent examples to clarify the concept of present progressive tense.

Objective of the Activity:

“Action in Progress” strives to enrich your child’s grammatical acumen by fostering comprehension and utilization of present progressive tense. It serves as a cornerstone of language development, linking actions with temporal context.

Closing and Additional Tips:

Encourage your child to incorporate present progressive verb into everyday conversations. Applaud their efforts and provide gentle guidance towards correct usage. Embrace this active exploration of language together, where learning intertwines seamlessly with enjoyment and enlightenment!

About the Author:

Rajini Darugupally

M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist (9+ years of experience)

Rajini is a passionate and dedicated Speech-Language Pathologist with over 9+ years of experience, specializing in both developmental speech and language disorders in children and rehabilitation in adults. Driven by a desire to empower each individual to find their voice, Rajini brings a wealth of experience and a warm, genuine approach to therapy.

Currently, at Wellness Hub, she thrives in a team environment that values innovation, compassion, and achieving results for their clients.

Connect with Rajini to learn more about how she can help you or your loved one find their voice.

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