Why is sequencing important? We sequence all day long—we divide our time into what we need to do first, second, and last; we understand events in our lives by understanding the order in which they occur. For some children, sequencing can be a hard concept to grasp, especially when they are trying to tell a story. Using good key words like “first,” “next,” “then,” and “finally,” cue children as to what is coming next.
We have countless opportunities throughout the day to encourage children to think sequentially. In the car on the way home, ask, “Which way will I turn at the stop sign?” At home ask, “Now, what will I do with these dirty dishes?” “Tell me what happened at school today,” or “Before you go outside in the cold, what do you need to do?” The list is unending. Sequencing is an important skill in pre-reading, comprehension, and writing, as well as other areas of Kindergarten curriculum.