Other Ways To Teach Sequencing
Beyond introducing picture books with a distinct first, next, last sequence of events, there are many other ways to introduce sequencing to your preschool class. Try some of these simple creative activities to help children understand the concept and importance of sequencing and order.
Recipe Cards: Create large recipe cards using poster board and allow children to help you prepare a snack using the cards. Be sure the recipe cards contain mostly pictures, and try to keep the recipe to three easy-to-follow steps when introducing sequencing. For example, allow children to help you make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches using three recipe cards. First, spread peanut butter on one slice of bread. Next, spread jelly on another slice of bread. Last, put the two pieces of bread together. Have children recall the sequence of the recipe while eating their snack.
What Happened Today? Drawings: Fold a large piece of construction paper in thirds and ask children to recall three things, in order, that happened during their day at preschool. The events each child recalls are not important, as children will all remember different things, but stress the importance of being able to recall these activities or events in order. Explain to children that they will be telling their parents a story using these pictures and should be able to explain what happened first, next and last.
Out of Order!: Use pictures from magazines or draw your own to create simple sequence puzzles. For example, draw a child waking up in the morning, eating breakfast and getting on the school bus. Mix the pictures up and ask children to put them in order and tell you about them using the words first, next and last. For older children, create more challenging puzzles. For example, draw three trees. One with green leaves, one with leaves changing colors, and one with no leaves. Ask children to explain to you which picture comes first, next and last. The answers may vary, and as children explain their reasoning for putting the pictures in each order, you may be surprised at their understanding of sequencing!
There are countless ways to demonstrate the sequence of a story for a preschool classroom. Learning to sequence will help children with reading comprehension, recognizing patterns and memory recall. Exercising and learning to perfect these skills will serve children well during their school years.