One of my most favorite reading comprehension skills is sequencing events. In Kindergarten kids need to be able to do an activity or hear a story and then tell what happened in order. When we practice sequencing with our kids we are teaching them that things happen in a specific order. What comes first? Next? Then? and Last? Those are our sequencing words. I love to incorporate gross motor skills and lots of movement into learning, so I created a movement obstacle course to help introduce the idea of sequencing to my kids. This is a great jumping off point (literally) to help your little understand ordering of events.
How to Make your Sequencing Obstacle Course:
Find a space in your home for your obstacle course. It doesn't have to be big!
Place a Post-It at the starting and ending points.
Create a line with blue tape of any length.
At the end of the line, place 4-6 small pieces of blue tape
After that add two rows of blue tape.
See the picture to the left on how to make your obstacle course! Your child will be hitting the start button (Post-It), balancing across the line, jumping from tape to tape, crawling along the two lines, and finishing by hitting the end Post-it. You can also change up the movements for each section. We ended up making the rule that you had to keep both feet on the tape in order to get through the obstacle course correctly!
We use blue tape everyday for learning, gross motor skills, and fine motor skills too! If you want to grab your own, here is a quick link.
Play the Game -Obstacle Course Sequencing:
Invite your child to play: Show them the obstacle course and tell them you're going to play a game where they need to remember the actions they're going to do in the right order.
Tell your child where the "Start" and "End" Post-its are and that to begin and end the obstacle course, they have to tag those notes with their hands.
Demonstrate for them how to move through the course using sequencing words:
First I hit the start button.
Second I balance across the first line.
Next I jump to all the little blue spots.
Then, I use my hands and feet to touch both lines
Last, I hit the End Post-It to show I'm done!
4. Have your child complete the course as many times as they like. Then ask them to retell
or sequence the steps of the obstacle course from start to finish. If they need help
remembering the order, they can walk through the course as they sequence it.
Why Obstacle Course Sequencing is the best way to introduce a tricky concept:
Sequencing can be a confusing skill for little ones but with a clear start and end, along with the blue tape visual of all the movements they did, your child will have greater success in retracing their steps. The best part is it only took me 2 minutes to prep the whole thing, and we played it over and over again. Your little one can even teach others in the family how to do it, and explaining it to others will be another way they practice sequencing. Give it a try and you'll be working on reading comprehension without even knowing it.