Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sequencing with Nursery Rhymes

Does your little one know that stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end? Are you sure? It might seem obvious, but learning about sequencing is an important part of learning to read with comprehension. So, the next time you read a story to your child, ask him or her to re-tell you the story.

There's a really fun way to practice sequencing involving nursery rhymes. This British website has free printables of favorite nursery rhymes. You can download these and cut the sequencing pictures apart with your child (fine motor skills!). Now, read the rhyme together, then put the pictures you cut out in a line (not a box) in order from beginning to end. Have your child re-tell the story while pointing at the pictures to use as guides. Don't worry about memorizing the nursery rhyme, but don't be surprised if it happens either!