Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

Over-Extending and Under-Extending Word Meanings

Daily Tips

Try something new with your kids every day! Find tips on reading, learning, and raising a well-rounded child.

Today's Tip

Today's Tip: 
January 06, 2014
Over-Extending and Under-Extending Word Meanings

Have you noticed that your child, who recently learned a word like “dog,” is now using that word to refer to any four-legged fur ball? That’s called over-extending, and it is a normal stage as children assign meanings to words they’re learning. Related to that is under-extending – that’s when your child uses a word like “dog” to mean just one particular animal, such as the pet in your house.


Find Just-Right Books

Activities & Fun

Get ready, get set, sing!
Use these animal-themed activities to ignite your child’s passion,...
Learn easy, challenging, and most importantly fun games to help your...
Help your child learn something new, fun, and creative with this...
Winter is full of wild weather, and your kids will enjoy flexing their...
Your child will love this printable science project inspired by the...