English prepositions can be a tricky topic for kids to learn, but their importance makes them a priority in the children's learning process.
Prepositions are short words that usually come before nouns and, sometimes, also before gerund verbs. These words never change their spelling and they are the ones that connect the different parts of the sentence.
The importance of teaching preposition words to children resides in the fact that they mark the relationships between persons, objects, and locations. By using them correctly, young learners will significantly improve their communication skills since prepositions will help them put their vocabulary together in order to structure more complex sentences that could represent their thoughts and ideas more clearly.
To help young children learn the prepositions in English, parents must involve them in the process of learning with games and activities aimed to naturally incorporate these new words and their uses into their vocabulary. Here you'll find some useful tips to help your kids learn the prepositions.
next to / beside
in / inside
Prepositions of time
for days: I have singing lessons on Monday.
for months and seasons: Spring is in March.
for times of the day: I always go running in the afternoon.
for periods of time: My aunt was born in 1982.
for times of the day: My dog always barks at night.
for periods of time: I've lived in Brazil for two years.
from a period of time: Susan has been studying in USA since 2013.
for a time in the past: I was born seven years ago.
I'll arrive before lunch
We have to wait until Winter to play in the snow.
to tell the time: It's ten to six.
to tell the time: It's a quarter past eight.
My homework will be ready by six.
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