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What to Expect for Your Child's First Words

What Should I Expect For First Words?

As your child is learning new words there are certain groups of words that you can expect him or her to learn.  These are words you can model for your young child throughout the day. 

What groups and what words should you expect your child to say?

SOCIAL FUNCTION WORDS

More, please, thank-you, hi, bye, again, sorry, uh-oh, yes, and no. 

COMMON ACTION WORDS (VERBS)

Eat, drink, go, stop, run, jump, walk, sleep, wash, kiss, open, close, push, pull, fix, play, want, hug, love, tickle, give, all done, all done, dance, help, fall, shake, see, watch, look, sit, stand, throw, catch, blow, cry, throw, swing, slide, climb, ride, rock, come (on), and color.

LOCATION WORDS (PREPOSITIONS)

Up, down, in, out, off, on, here, and there.  After 3 years of age children start to use around, under, behind and over.

DESCRIPTIVE WORDS (ADJECTIVES/ADVERBS)

Big, little, hot, cold, loud, quiet, yucky, icky, scary, funny, silly, dirty, clean, gentle, wet, soft, fast, slow, color labels, and quantity words such as all, none, more some rest and some numbers.

EARLY PRONOUNS

Me, mine, you, I and it.  As children turn 3 they use words like she, she him and her. 

COMMON NOUNS

Ball, book, choo-choo, train, bike, rain, bubbles, car, truck, boat, plane, baby, bowl, spoon, diaper, sock, shoe, shirt, pants, hat, star, flower, tree, brush, towel, bath, chair, table, bed, blanket, light, cookie, cracker, chip, cheese, apple, banana, ice cream, cereal, candy, milk, juice, water, dog, cat, fish, bird, duck, cow, horse, bunny, bear, pig, lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra, monkey, chicken, butterfly, bee, frog, alligator, and names of family members and favorite toys. 

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