When working with a little one between three and four years of age you can begin to address her ability to make inferences….I have targeted this skill as early as two and a half…and at that age…I am providing the language…and answering my own questions….allowing her to hear my verbal explanation….for example…with the two pictures above ask a question like this:
“Gregory was very hungry when he came home from school….what do you think he did first?”
Based upon the visual information above…you are hoping that she is able to look at the two pictures and determine that he ATE first…and that he did not go outside in the sprinkler…however…your little one’s processing abilities will have an impact on how well she is able to understand the sentence: Gregory was very hungry when he came home from school…what do you think he did first?…..if your little one is having difficulty in processing and understanding language…this activity may be too challenging for her. So if this is too challenging for her…or if she is closer to two and a half years of age…I would keep the language simple…and say: Gregory is hungry…he ate. As I point to the picture of Gregory eating chicken wings.
I would then continue to show these two pictures…and expand on my sentence…until eventually she hears: Gregory was very hungry when he came home from school…what do you think he did first?
However…if your little one is able to understand language…and process a long sentence as indicated above…then you may be ready to work on inferencing skills…