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Determiners and Articles

What are determiners? Determiners are words that are in front of a noun. We had gone through nouns previously, so now we moved on to determiners who introduce nouns. There are many groups of determiners and they are: articles, quantifiers, possessives, demonstratives and interrogatives.

Looks scary huh? You may wonder what these are and how are we going to conquer so many within a short period? Fret not! We will definitely get to make friends with all of them slowly but surely. Let’s start with articles!

We had a little short introduction of who are the determiners then we moved on to articles and get to know them a little bit more in detailed. So what are articles exactly? Articles itself can be divided into 2 groups: definite and indefinite.

Definite article: the
Indefinite article: <strong “>a, an

Mind you, in the world of an, we have always remembered to use it before a vowel but in actual fact, it is being used before a vowel sound not the vowel itself. In order words, the sound that is created by any vowel in the English language: a, e. i, o, u.

For example:
1) a university OR an university  –> Answer: a university
2) a honest man OR an honest man –> Answer: an honest man

Now do you understand what it means by vowel sound? Don’t worry if you or your child get a little confused. Remember practice makes perfect! To practice, gor gor did some worksheets about articles.
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After the worksheets, we have MORE worksheets! Nah…just kidding! We had a little hands on activities instead of worksheets. He had fun picking up the “cargoes” and placing them onto the correct article truck.
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Once that was done and the truck was full, is time for fixing up roofs of the ice-cream shops. That kept his attention for a while more.
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Finally, we had a little game together! I made some playing cards and we had a game of snap. He was so excited that we had 3 games in a row until I have to stop him for dinner. Guess what? He won the last 2 games! Initially he was a little slow as he was still trying to figure out using ‘a’ or ‘an’ before snapping it. Subsequent games, he was like a race car! Way to go gor gor!
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Learning opportunities with the activities mentioned above allow your child to:
– read and recognise the words
– understanding sentence structure
– train his/her hand-eye coordination and control
– concentration
– problem solving
– train his/her fine motor skills
– train his/her phonemic awareness
– speed

PS: 
We will be digitising the worksheets and  upload to our store. If you are interested, do email us on getting a copy of the Letter A learning pack or get a copy at our website: www.youngsmarties.com

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