This is a follow-up activity from ‘How to Teach Social Language Part 4 – Sequencing ‘Before and After’‘
- Enjoy listening to a story while learning about the sequence ‘before’ and ‘after’.
- Ordinal numbers mega blocks (You may learn about the lesson 1, 2 and 3 about ordinal numbers by clicking on the lesson number)
- Paper and pencil
- Sequence card (1-2-3 for retrieve prior knowledge on what was just taught and seed-seedling-flower for story telling)
- Place the ordinal numbers and the sequence card 1-2-3 at the top of the table and do a quick recap with the child on what is ‘after’.
- Draw the pictures in sequence beforehand on a piece of paper.
- Show the child the seed-seedling-flower sequence cards (not in sequence) and ask the child to put it in order/sequence.
- Once completed, praise the child.
- Show the child the piece of paper with the pictures drawn in sequence.
- This is my version of the story:
“C, today we are going to learn about how seeds can become flowers. Look at the cards that you have put in order. The first picture shows the ‘_________’ (Let the child name the picture using what you have drawn. You may point to the word to make it easier for the child to verbalise the answer). Good job! You’re right, after we have planted the seeds, we need to water them, and they will grow into seedlings. After the seedlings, we will continue to water the plant, and look after it with care so that they will grow some more into a ‘__________’. Good job, C! This is how a seed grows to become a flower. Isn’t it beautiful?”
“Look C, so to have a beautiful flower, we need to have seeds. After seeds, we will have “_______________” (child verbalise the word), and after seedlings we will have “_____________” (child verbalise the word). Good! So, before the flower, we will have “_____________” and before the seedling, we will have “______________”. Good job, baby! We’re done! Now you know how we have beautiful flowers around the world.
I tend to come up with the stories as I go along teaching. C seems to enjoy them (or so he tries to appear to be) and I love telling them. I hope to create more stories with the sequence cards and to build on C’s ability to hold conversation with others.