Using and Understanding Positional Words in Kindergarten

I use positional words all day long in my Kindergarten classroom.  Please push in your chair, please stand up, please stand behind the person in front of you, please get at the front of the line, please get at the back of the line, please stand beside this child, give this paper to the person sitting next to you, and push your chair under the table. These terms are such a part of our daily vocabulary we often forget that positional words have to be taught and that they are difficult to learn. Knowing these words is not only beneficial for general vocabulary but it will increase your child’s mathematic success. Please try to use these common positional words in daily conversation with your 5 year old and he/she should be able to understand them completely in a few months.

  • below
  • on
  • over
  • under
  • down
  • up
  • behind
  • top
  • in front of
  • around
  • bottom
  • near
  • in far
  • next to
  • beside
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