Then you can break down verbs into two categories or tenses: present and past. Again, keep it simple. Present tense verbs are used when we are doing something now. Today I dance. Past tense verbs are used when we talk about something we did before. Yesterday I danced.
Start with this first Activity Sheet that demonstrates how some present tense verbs become past tense verbs by simply adding 'ed' to the end of the word.
Here is a list of additional regular verbs that you can use to demonstrate the 'ed' rule:
work learn turn watch open walk talk beep splash
To Print: Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.
|Present and past tense regular verbs|
How many times have you heard your preschooler use the words 'catched' or 'teached' or 'thinked'? (I hear it a lot with my 5-year old granddaughter). So let's introduce these kids to the world of irregular verbs. Explain that some verbs, or action words, change a lot when you use them to talk about something that happened before. Use the Activity Sheet below to demonstrate.
Here is a list of additional irregular verbs that you can talk about:
break / broke fight / fought buy / bought go / went eat / ate sing / sang
swim / swam sting / stung hear / heard draw / drew see / saw
|Present and past tense irregular verbs|
I've found that a good way to teach my granddaughter correct English is through simple conversation. When she makes a mistake while we're chatting, I just repeat what she has said using the correct word. Example: "Nonna, my Mommy 'teached' me to dance." My Response: "Mommy 'taught' you to dance! That's wonderful."
I think children develop an 'ear' for what sounds right and what sounds wrong. So if we get it right, eventually they will too.