If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Sequence Play

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This morning we played with sequencing. Developmentally a 3 year old should only be expected to sequence 1-2 events in a story. This was her first experience with the idea of sequencing so we did most of this activity together. To begin I looked around the house to find objects from the story (kid-safe scissors, pretend milk carton, cookie, straw, napkin, etc.) You don't need every object the mouse interacts with in the story- just a few. Use what you can find and don't stress over having a lot. The big idea today is just getting exposure to the idea that events in stories have an order. ("This happened first and then that.")

I used a sentence strip and sectioned off the same amount of spaces as objects that I collected. This could very easily be done with a piece of paper too. Visually it will help your little if the sections are stretched out horizontally. Next, I set out the objects we'd read about in the story and explained that we were going to look/listen for them as we read. 

Then, I began to read. When she recognized an object MJ would grab it from the table and set it in the next section as we progressed through the story.

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Of course the story ends with the mouse eating a cookie so my little mouse got to enjoy one too !

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Today we practiced the following skills: Concepts of Print, Sequencing