Updated: Apr 8
What is a Pronoun?
There are eight types of pronouns that we use all the time: personal, possessive, reflexive, reciprocal, relative, demonstrative, interrogative, and indefinite. This is introductory in nature, so what is important to remember is that pronouns can act like a noun. A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. Essentially, rather than saying "the elephant" repeatedly in a piece of writing, you can use a pronoun instead and call it a "he," "she," or "it." Writing that has too many repetative works is not just weird and akward; it's also annoying and boring. That is why pronouns are kind of a big deal.
I am going to just cut right to the chase. Perhaps the best way to reinforce the concept of pronouns is through read alouds. Make a game of finding pronouns in the stories you read aloud to your student.
As you read, let your child follow along. When either of you hit a pronoun, call it out. If your child does not recognize the pronoun, don't worry. Go ahead and point it out for them and continue. They will catch on with practice.
Books on Pronouns
I and You and Don't Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun? by Brian Cleary
Videos on Pronouns
Here is a great (and fun) example as to why pronouns are so important. Pay close attention to the pronoun exchange between Bugs and Daffy.
Want to know more about pronouns? Need a more advanced refresher? The Grammer Book has what you need.