March 11, 2010

Toddler Time

Storyhour this week emphasized Narrative Skills, especially sequencing. This is an essential pre-reading skill because children who understand that events happen in a certain order will be better able to remember what they have read. We sang songs, "5 Green & Speckled Frogs" and I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a One (from a Dr. Jean book adapted by Dr. Holly Karapetkova) and "The Count of Five" (from the CD, Sally the Swinging Snake by Hap Palmer). Singing songs about the order in which things take place helps children develop the mathematical and narrative concept of sequencing.
You can help your child learn sequencing at home, too:
*Talk with your child about the things you do together in order. Talk about your child's activities in the order that they occurred--what he or she did this morning, afternoon, and evening. Talk about yesterday's activities. Your child will become familiar with the idea that activities, like stories, have a sequence.

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