Kindergarten - Using Complete Sentences

Using complete sentences
Recognize and use complete and coherent sentences when speaking
Be able to recognize a sentence as being complete or incomplete. Understand that a sentence needs to express a complete idea for it to be a complete sentence. Know what elements are necessary to make coherent sentences.

Sample Problems


Is, “How are you today?” a complete sentence?


Answer my question in a complete sentence. “How old are you?”


Does the following sentence make sense? “Ran to the store.”

Learning Tips


Children are used to answering questions with a nod or a single word. Answering in complete sentences is fairly easy but children need to pattern themselves after someone else so that they can understand what is expected of them. Start off by asking them a question and then have your child ask you the same question.

Ex: Parent: How old are you?

Child: Five. (Typical kid answer.)

Child: How old are you?

Parent: I am 19 years old

Ask your child if they can hear a difference.

Try another question.

Parent: How was your day?

Child: O.K.

Child: How was your day?

Parent: My day was great!

Practice this method a few times.

Sometimes children may continue a thought by beginning with because. The answers are not complete. They lack a subject.

Ex. Why is your dog the best dog?

Because he can catch a ball in the air.

Sometimes children have trouble with this concept. Practice by playing ‘telephone’. If they were only to hear their half of the conversation, would they understand what the conversation was about?

Complete sentences have a who or what at the start of the sentence doing something.


At dinner talk about your day. Start by discussing what you did first thing in the morning then have your child tell you what they did first thing in the morning. Move onto the middle of the day. Go back and forth in your conversation. Make certain that your child uses complete sentences.


Staying on topic is very important. Children have a tendency (and so do some adults) to go off on tangents. It is important to help guide the flow of a conversation and bring it back to the topic. Start by talking about things that are familiar and easy.

Ex. My favorite ice cream is…

I love to play…..

Extra Help Problems


Ask your child to complete the sentence by filing in the missing part.

_________ is going to the market.

(who) My mom (doing) jumped rope


The little girl ___________.

(who) A puppy (doing) played with the doll


The kitten is _____________.

(who) Many children (doing) is stuck in the tree


____________ ran to the ice cream truck.

(who) Several children (doing) clapped after the show


Complete the story. Have your child select the best sentence that will complete the story.

On my way to school I saw a cute puppy.

I stopped to pet it. My friend Linda waved “hi”.


First finish all your vegetables.

It looks like it’s going to rain. Then you may have dessert.


I am so sleepy.

I think I’ll go to bed. Let’s go outside and play.


That test was so easy.

I’m sure I did a good job. Will your mom let you come

to my house?


Which one is a complete sentence? Circle the answer.

She wants to eat pizza. Can eat pizza.


Fell off the wall. The rainbow is beautiful.


The baby is laughing. The dish is.


Nice smile. My dad is really funny.


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