Ariele Suzie December 26, 2020 Worksheet
One of the many challenges teachers face in their classes is how to teach kids simple verbs. There are some verbs that can be very difficult to teach, and a lot of effort that goes into explaining these verbs in a way that will make them easy enough for students to understand. This is a problem with a lot of verbs in English as well. There are literally hundreds of verbs conjugated in just about every sense imaginable.
Most kids know most verbs already. They just don't associate the idea of "verb" with what it stands for. For example, many kids have no idea what "be" means. They just know that it is a noun. Teaching kids simple verbs will help them understand these basic ideas sooner and allow them to begin forming sentences that use these verbs.
A very important part of teaching your kids simple verbs is to make sure you make them understand the distinction between "is" and "are." When they say "be", they mean that something is being produced. They aren't saying "I am being produced." Children need to understand this distinction to help them form correct sentences.
Verbs that are not in the present tense are also called "past verbs." They must always use the future tense. "Be," for example, cannot be used in the past tense. "We did it" and "he did it" are past tenses. They are the most common forms of verbs.
There are two main ways to use verbs in the future tense. You can always use the perfect tense: "He's getting it" or "I've got it" and "when he gets it, we'll be happy." The other way to use these verbs is to use the imperfect tense: "I haven't got it yet" or "I'm just going to get it now" or "I just don't have it yet." These words are always inflected to show that the action is in the future tense.
Learning simple verbs is easy once you learn the rules. Just remember that there are always exceptions to the rules, but they should be fairly obvious. If you mess up on a single step, don't fret. You just need to find the next step that makes sense to you.
You will also need to understand that there are times when using a simple verb can make things more complicated. "The dog jumped on me" is not an acceptable usage of the verb "to jump." It could be considered too simple a term. To help children understand these things, you may want to explain what is meant by the terms you are using. This is helpful for children who already know the concept, but may have difficulty applying it to new concepts.
It takes practice and patience to learn how to use all these simple verbs. If you start off with the English verb lessons in class, you should be able to move ahead fairly quickly. Most children find the lessons enjoyable and stick with it. Once you understand the rules, however, they will seem almost unnecessary.
When you teach the verbs, be sure to use a voice tone that shows the action is completed. This will help your students understand that the action must be performed before the verb is finished. For example, the sentence, "The dog jumps on me" should be spoken with a normal tone. However, the sentence, "The dog jumps on John" should be spoken with an imperative voice tone, which means, "The dog jumps over John."
Take some time out to enjoy the lesson. Some children learn better when you teach them something while they are having fun. Take time to explain the details of what the verb means. Children like learning about the outside world and how animals, plants, and people interact. Take time to let them see how much fun it is to play. Sometimes you might need to take them outside to demonstrate how it is done, as well.
You can also use pictures and stories in addition to the simple verb. Make sure you build on the basic idea, and that you do not forget the idea that this lesson is supposed to teach them how to use this simple tool. It helps to reinforce the idea that the simple verb will lead to more complicated ones.
Another great tip is to keep your children's attention on you and on the lesson at hand. When you tell a story, explain it slowly and clearly, making sure you use words that children recognize. Explain the verb slowly, then add in illustrations where appropriate. Your children will not only understand the concept, but they will be entertained by the story you are telling, too.