Our lives are full of daily tasks that we do without even thinking. As our little ones grow, they begin to participate in more and more of these daily tasks. In this fun activity, young learners will practice sequencing tasks that are part of their everyday lives. Not only will this activity build preschoolers‘ independence, it will lay a foundation for future reading and writing.

– Life Over C's Sequencing Tasks for Preschoolers

Recommended Grade Level:

Sequencing Card Supplies:

  • Printer
  • Printer paper or card stock
  • Laminator
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Hook and loop dots

The Value of Sequencing:

LIFE SKILLS FOR PRESCHOOLERS

SEQUENCING IS A VALUABLE SKILL THAT CHILDREN WILL USE IN THEIR DAILY LIVES AND AT SCHOOL.

All tasks and activities–even the simplest ones–involve a series of steps that we must follow. Sequencing simply means putting steps or events in order from first to last. We use this skill every day! When we teach our children how to complete simple daily tasks, we are teaching them sequencing!

Sequencing is also a skill that students use in the classroom. In order for a classroom to run smoothly, we teach students to follow procedures. We have procedures for the beginning of the day, the bathroom, the hallway, the carpet, and everything in between. When students follow these procedures, they are practicing sequencing!

Children will also use their understanding of sequencing in reading and writing. In kindergarten and first grade, students learn to retell stories and write instructions.

– Life Over C's Getting Ready for Bed Sequencing Task Cards

Teaching Sequencing:

Sequencing activities with preschoolers
INTRODUCE SEQUENCING BY FOCUSING ON ACTIVITIES YOU DO EVERY DAY.

In this activity, learners will sequence everyday tasks like washing their hands and getting ready for bed. The activity is perfect for young learners because it includes colorful pictures and two levels of practice.

– Life Over C's Getting ready for school task cards for kids

Why Is It Important For Kids To Practice Sequencing?

We probably don’t realize it, but sequencing is a skill that we use every day! Not only will simple sequencing activities build preschoolers’ independence, it will prepare them for future academic tasks.

Builds Independence

When children practice sequencing everyday activities, they become more willing to complete these activities on their own.

Teaches Story Retelling

Sequencing events is a valuable reading comprehension skill. Good readers are able to sequence the important events in a story.

Improves Speaking and Listening Skills

Sequencing activities help children learn to follow multi-step directions and procedures. In addition, sequencing activities prepare children to give instructions.

Introduces How-To Writing

As children get older, they learn how to write instructions and how-to stories. This kind of writing requires students to break down an activity into sequential steps.

Materials needed for Daily Tasks Sequencing Activity:

  • Printer
  • Printer paper or card stock
  • Laminator
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Hook and loop dots
– Life Over C's Lunch time order of events cards

How To Use This Sequencing Activity:

CHILDREN WILL SEQUENCE DAILY TASKS BY PLACING PICTURE CARDS IN THE CORRECT ORDER.

To set up:

  • Print and laminate the sequencing mats and picture cards.
  • Cut apart the picture cards.
  • Use hook and loop dots to attach the picture cards to the gray squares at the bottom of each mat.

To use:

  • Students will place the sequencing cards in the correct order on the mat.
  • To extend the activity, ask students to tell a story about the sequence using transition words like first, next, then, and last.

Other Ways To Use the Sequencing Activity:

Story Retelling: After completing a sequence, make up a story about it. Ask children to retell the story by describing what happens in each picture. Ask questions about the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

Writing Activity: Once children have completed a sequence, ask them to write about it by explaining each step. Encourage students to use transition words like first, next, then, and last.

– Life Over C's Sequencing for Preschoolers

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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