Phrases 3

See and Learn Phrases 3 is the sixth step in See and Learn Language and Reading. It is designed to teach young children to use two words together when they talk.

See and Learn Phrases 3 also introduces young children to reading words as sight words. Reading sight words helps children practice saying two words together.

Sight word reading is introduced in the context of reading simple picture books that illustrate the meanings of the phrases being taught.

The activities are intended to supplement natural, everyday opportunities to learn language with the additional support that most children with Down syndrome, and children with similar additional learning difficulties, need to learn to communicate.

Learning goals

  • Teach an understanding of 48 new two-keyword phrases made from combining 35 new sight words, selected from vocabulary that the child understands
  • Rehearse 13 sight words that were previously taught in See and Learn Phrases 1 and 2
  • Teach phrases that include 4 different types of two keyword phrases usually learned at this stage of language development [elaborate???]
  • Teach sight words that include nouns, verbs, prepositions, an article (the), auxiliary verb (is) and conjunction (and), and the regular plural form 's'
  • Introduce books that illustrate the meanings of phrases and draw attention to the printed words beside each picture
  • Teach your child to recognize written words and to distinguish between them
  • Teach your child to link sight words with spoken words as you read to them and as they engage in teaching matching activities
  • Teach your child to see how sight words can be combined to form two-keyword phrases that convey meaning and to listen to how this corresponds with words being combined in spoken language
  • To practice saying words as your child reads them
  • Test understanding of sight words and two-keyword phrases through word/phrase to picture matching activities
  • Encourage your child to pay attention and engage in teaching activities for short periods of time


  • Designed to build on the children's relative strengths in visual processing and to minimize working memory demands
  • Designed to advance in small steps and offer lots of opportunities for practice and consolidation
  • Pre-selected sight words and phrases that are developmentally appropriate for children at this stage of language development
  • 8 simple reading books, illustrating 40 two-keyword phrases
  • 2 sets of 48 sight word cards and 45 word picture cards to support word to word and word to picture matching activities
  • 48 phrase cards and 48 phrase picture cards to support phrase to picture matching activities
  • Simple design to avoid distraction and focus attention on the learning tasks
  • A detailed guide with step-by-step instructions
  • Record forms to track your child's progress and plan the teaching activities
  • Resources for teaching in any English dialect (optional spoken prompts are included in the app editions with UK and US accents)
Screenshot of an understanding sight words activity in the See and Learn Phrases 3 app

Sight words and phrases taught

Sight words: and, baby, bath, bike, bird, bowl, box, boy, car, cat, chairs, climbing, dog, down, duck, ducks, feeding, fish, fork, garden, girl, hat, horse, house, in, is, monkey, on, plate, potty, rabbit, running, sand, scarf, shoes, socks, spoon, stairs, swimming, swing, swings, table, the, tiger, towel, tractor, tree, up

Phrases: monkey is climbing, dog is climbing, girl is climbing, boy is climbing, cat is climbing, tiger is climbing, feeding baby, feeding dog, feeding horse, feeding ducks, feeding bird, feeding rabbit, in the bath, in the car, in the box, in the garden, in the tree, in the house, on the bike, on the potty, on the stairs, on the swings, on the sand, on the tractor, dog is running, tiger is running, girl is running, boy is running, cat is running, rabbit is running, dog is swimming, duck is swimming, horse is swimming, fish is swimming, boy is swimming, girl is swimming, socks and shoes, table and chairs, bowl and spoon, hat and scarf, towel and bath, plate and fork, boy is up, boy is down, swing is down, swing is up, bike is up, bike is down

When to start

See and Learn Phrases 3 is designed for children who:

  • understand at least 100 words, including baby, bird, boy, car, cat, chairs, dog, duckducks, (to) feed/feeding, fish, girl, horse, rabbit, shoes, (to) swim/swimming, table
  • can say or sign at least 10 of the words that they understand
  • can follow at least 3 two-keyword instructions - for example, "wash doll" or "put bear to bed" in a play situation
  • read and understand at least 20 written words

Children who have completed the activities in See and Learn Vocabulary 1, 2 and 3 and See and Learn Phrases 1 and 2 should be ready to start the activities in See and Learn Phrases 3.

Many children with Down syndrome will reach this stage by about 36 months, but rates of progress vary widely - some children will reach this stage earlier, some later.

Coming soon

See and Learn Progress Tracker

Our online progress tracker is coming soon.

Use it to monitor and support your child's development, with advice on activities and strategies to promote development, and guidance on which See and Learn steps may be able to help.

Next steps

Children who have learned the sight words and phrases in See and Learn Phrases 3 are ready to learn more vocabulary, and to put more words together and to read simple sentences using See and Learn Sentences 1.

See and Learn Language and Reading teaches the meaning of spoken words and encourages children to practice saying new words. It is designed to be used alongside See and Learn Speech which includes activities to encourage clearer speech.

Screenshot of an understanding sight words activity in the See and Learn Phrases 3 app

How to buy

See and Learn Phrases 3 is available as a printed kit or as an app for Apple iPads.