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.
The Value of Sequencing:
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!
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.
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.
Materials needed for Daily Tasks Sequencing Activity:
Get the Supplies Here:
- Printer paper or card stock
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Hook and loop dots
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.
- 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:
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.
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.