Welcome back to the Kinder Club blog! Each week we will focus on an early literacy concept and share fun stories, activities and tips to help reinforce a variety of kindergarten readiness skills.
This week’s concept is sequencing!
Sequencing is the ability to arrange events, images and thoughts in a particular order. It is a fundamental skill that occurs naturally in your daily routines. For example, you wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast and then go to school. In the evening, you might eat dinner with your family, then take a bath and finally read a bedtime story. Understanding the sequence of events helps children recognize patterns and make sense of the world around them. Sequencing helps with learning to tell time, recognize patterns, make predictions and develop comprehension skills.
Look at the above image. Start with the top row of eggs. Can you put the images in the correct order from beginning to end by tapping the images with your finger? Next, try rearranging the row of numbers into the correct order by counting them out loud while tapping them with your finger. Finally, try planting the flower in the bottom row. Use your finger to tap out the correct order.
Are you ready to go on a bear hunt with Mrs. K.? Click on the video below to watch Mrs. K. share a storytime favorite, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen. Do you remember which obstacle (something that gets in the way) the family came to first? What did they have to do? The next obstacle the family encountered was a river. Do you remember if the river was hot or cold? What other obstacles did the family come across before finding the cave? Do you remember what was hiding in the cave? What was your favorite obstacle from our story today?
Mrs. K. shared a sequencing activity for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt that we included in this month’s Kinder Club packet. If you did not pick up a packet, that’s okay – – you can still do the activity by getting your own copy here: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt sequencing activity.
Learning the movements to familiar songs like The Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Wheels on the Bus and If You’re Happy and You Know It is not only great for strengthening finger muscles (fine motor muscles) but they also help children learn sequencing skills. Click on the videos below to listen to the StoryBots sing these classic storytime songs. See if you can remember the motions for each song. If you can’t remember, ask a grown-up to show you the correct motions.
If you picked up a Kinder Club practice packet from the library, have fun completing this week’s activities and stay tuned for our last post wrapping up Kinder Club.
Kindergarten Readiness Practice: Pick three books to share together this week. After reading each story, see if you can retell the story in the correct order. Get creative when retelling each story by using props found around the house or drawing your own illustrations (pictures) for the story.