Engage in play experiences that involve naming and sorting common words into various classifications using general and specific language.
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select an object from a collection of common items, identify it, then use specific words to describe it (e.g., in terms of color, shape, size, use).
generate collections of words that can be used to describe categories of words (e.g., footwear could include sneakers, shoes, boots, sandals, socks, slippers).
look at illustrations to gain clues to the meaning of new or confusing words.
examine familiar objects closely, then more closely, adding descriptors with increasing detail (e.g., a child’s shoe; a flower).
use a feely box or texture board to name, sort, and categorize various objects.