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Saturday, June 10, 2017


If the public schools are going to teach vocabulary, this case the word sequencing is used instead of the way a story is ordered. Kids need to know what words mean before they try to use their new vocabulary word.  Where my daughter went to school, to teach sequencing, the students were given cut out of pages from a story, which they usually colored (IN THE LINES) until their hands hurt. Then they glued the pages to a long piece of paper in the order the pages would come in a book.

This might be fun to some, but I didn't believe kids should be coloring, especially until their hands hurt in kindergarten. Since learning social skills is an important part of preschool and kindergarten, I always used flexible and group projects. We never had fights or disagreements like the ones my daughter had in her preschools and kindergarten. 

Making up a story, using our imaginations, we all worked together.  We didn't lecture about sequencing. We just learned while we were having fun. I usually started the story, until the kids got familiar with how to tell a group story. In the beginning students might need some cues. My first story went like this:

STORY BEGINS: "We're going for a walk in the woods."
CUE: "Who shall we take?"
          The answers might range from: "My mom." "Miss Frizzle." "A purple elephant." All answers              are good. The more imaginative the better. Without a movie, pictures, television, a               
           smartphone, etc., the story is entirely in their imagination. They have to visualize the picture,              the colors and so on.  
CUE: "What will we take?"
            Kids answers.
CUE:  "OH NO! I see something behind that bush. What is it? 
           Kids answers. 
The story can go on indefinitely, but there must be and order to the story and it must have an ending.

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