Learning how to identify sequence of events is beneficial for both scientific inquiry (making observations and predictions) and literacy skills. Identifying sequence of events is something you can start practicing your toddler or preschooler.
Use sequencing vocabulary.
When talking to your child or doing activities that emphasize sequence of events, make it a point to use sequence vocabulary such as, “First, we are going to put your shoes on”, “next, we need your coat”, “then, we are going to go to the park”. This is something you can do all throughout the day, if you are mindful of using the vocabulary!
Make a story using sequence of events.
If you have the drawing skills, you can divide a paper into 4 or 8 squares and draw a sequence story. If you don’t have the skills to draw something, you can always print something out.
Look at pictures.
Most kids love looking at their baby pictures and most baby albums are organized in sequence. You can either let your child look through the entire book or you can take some pictures out and organize them in sequence order. Then, talk to your child about the pictures and the story sequence of his life.
Read to your child often.
Reading to your child is a great way to familiarize her with sequence of events. You can incorporate the sequencing vocabulary by asking your child questions, “what happens next?”.
Cook or bake together.
Following a recipe is a great way for you to practice sequence of events with your toddler or preschooler.
Play with alphabet or number magnets.
If you have alphabet or number magnets (or foam pieces), you can practice sequencing by putting them in order.
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