Before the age of 3 years, typically developing children start to make sentences using different forms of the copula verb “to be” (e.g. “is” or “are” ) to ‘help out’ main verbs. An example is “The girl is running. The girls are jumping.”. Many people – including lots of people learning English as a second language and people with language disorders – have difficulties using words like “is” or “are” in sentences containing main verbs.
This 29-page no-prep pack with 26 pairs of sentences is designed to provide people in this situation with focused, scaffolded practice of the form, using subjects that take the regular plural morpheme ‘s’ at the end. (Typically developing kids start to use regular plurals around 24-30 months of age). This pack uses both pictures and orthography, making it suitable for children or adults.