Why are Prepositions Important?

A preposition is:

  • usually one or two words that tells us where something is in relation to something else
  • used to link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within a sentence
  • crucial for both conveying and understanding instructions

Some examples of prepositions are inside, on top, in front and next to. You can teach these four prepositions with ease. Simply download the flashcards below and use them in combination with our easy to follow step by step guide.

Teach Prepositions With Our Free Downloadable Flashcards

Inside, In Front, On Top and Next To

Tip

To prevent your cards from wear and tear, print them on thick card stock and laminate them

Structure and Order: The Secret to Success

For all of the activities described below we are going to teach the prepositions in the same order. The order is: 1. Inside 2. On Top 3. In front and 4. Next To. A consistent and structured approach is helpful, both for you and your student. The process of teaching will flow and feel productive. Plus, it will encourage your student to learn at a faster pace and with greater ease.

Step 1. Naming the Preposition

  • Step 1 Goal
    At the completion of this step you (the teacher) should have pointed to and named the preposition card in a range of positions on the table
  • Activity – Inside

    • Place the 4 cards on the table in front of your student
      • Point to the inside card and say “Inside.”
    • Then rearrange the cards on the table
      • Once again, point to the inside card and say “Inside.”
  • For the moment, hold off on pointing to and naming the other cards. We’ll get to that after your student can successfully touch the inside card on request.

Step 2. Touching the Preposition

  • Step 2 Goal
    At the completion of Step 2, your student should be able to touch the inside, on top, in front and next to cards on request, regardless of the order of the cards on the table or the order of the request.
  • Activity – Inside

    • Ask your student to “Touch inside.”
      • Your student is expected to touch the inside card
        • If they are correct provide them with this feedback “Yes! Correct. That’s inside.”
        • If they are incorrect, gently guide their hand to touch the correct card and say “Inside.” Then repeat the request again “Touch inside.”
      • Once successful, vary the position of the cards on the table and once again ask your student to “Touch inside”
  • Activity Repeat
    Once your student is successful with inside, complete Step 1 and 2 for on top. Then move on to in front and finally next to.

Step 3. Saying the Preposition

  • Step 3 Goal
    At the completion of this Step 3 your student should be able to name all four preposition cards, no matter the order in which they are shown.

  • Activity – Inside

    • Hold up the inside card and ask your student “Where is the cookie?”
      • If they answer correctly, let them know “Correct! The cookie is inside.”
      • If they are incorrect, say the first part of the word “In…” to see if they can complete the word by saying “side”
        • If they can’t, say the whole word for them “Inside.” And then repeat the question “Where is the cookie?”
  • Activity Repeat
    Once your student can name the inside card, repeat the activity for on top, then in front and lastly, next to

Step 4. Answering Yes/No Questions

  • Can your Student Answer Simple Yes/No Questions?

    • To be able to complete Step 4 your student needs to be able to answer simple yes/no questions
    • You can check this by asking a few simple yes/no questions
      • Example: Show your student an apple and ask “Is this an apple?” “Is the apple blue?
  • Step 4 Goal
    At the completion of Step 4 your student should be able to answer “yes” when shown the cookie in the correct position and “no” when the shown the cookie in an incorrect position

  • Activity – Inside

    • If your student can successfully answer yes/no questions, show them the inside card and ask “Is the cookie inside?”
      • If they are successful, let them know “Well done. That’s inside.”
      • If they are incorrect, explain “No. This is inside. The cookie is inside the jar.” And then reattempt the question.
    • Now, show them another card (not the inside card) and ask “Is the cookie inside?”
  • Activity Repeat
    Once your student can successfully answer yes/no questions about inside, repeat the activity for on top, then in front and lastly, next to

Prepositions Flashcards Set

You can consolidate and extend your student’s understanding of these lessons with our Prepositions Flashcards Set.

  • 40 clear and captivating cards
    That will keep your student engaged
  • 7 prepositions
    In front, on top, behind, under,, next to, inside and between

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  • The name of the preposition is on the reverse side of each card
    To keep you on track with your teaching

  • A user friendly step by step activity guide is included
    That encourages you to use the cards in a variety of ways

Step 5. Placing an Object in Space

  • About
    Step 5 involves applying the learnings from the flashcards to everyday life and requires two objects – one that remains in the same position and one that moves. Examples are:

    • Washing machine and shirt
    • Microwave and non-breakable cup or plate
    • Toy chest (with a lid) and any toy
  • Step 5 Goal
    At the completion of Step 5 your student should be able to place an everyday object inside, on top, in front and next to another object, no matter the order of the request.
  • Activity – Inside
    Take the example of the washing machine and shirt:

    • Ask your student to place the shirt inside the washing machine
      • If they do, that’s great! Let them know “Well done! Inside. The shirt is inside”
      • If they don’t, show them what to do. Place the shirt inside the washing machine and say “Inside. The shirt is inside” and then repeat the request.
  • Activity Repeat
    Once your student can successfully place the item inside the object, repeat the activity for on top, then in front and lastly next to

Step 6. Placing Themselves in Space

  • About
    Step 6 also involves applying the learnings from the flashcards to everyday life. You will be asking your student how to correctly position themselves in space. There are 2 household objects that work well for teaching our 4 prepositions and these are:

    • A sleeping bag
    • A duvet (doona) cover
  • Step 6 Goal
    At the completion of this step your student should be able to place themselves inside, on top, in front and next to an object when asked to do so
  • Activity – Inside
    Take the example of the sleeping bag:

    • Ask your student to “Climb inside”
      • If your student does, let them know “Correct! Inside. You’re inside the sleeping bag.”
      • If your student doesn’t show them what to do. Climb inside the sleeping bag and say “Inside. Inside the sleeping bag.” Then repeat the request “Climb inside.”
  • Activity Repeat
    Once your student can successfully place themselves inside an object when asked to do so, repeat the activity for on top, then in front and lastly next to

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