This post describes a sequencing idea for the early years based on something most children do each day.
At the beginning of each year many classrooms develop ‘getting started’ or ‘packing up ‘ processes. These activities could be used as a way to sequence instructions in the early years. For example, as a class you could brainstorm all the things that are done at the beginning of the day, e.g. hang your school bag up, take out your water bottle, put your chair down etc etc. after brainstorming the list as a class this could then be sequenced into what could be considered the ‘best’ order. Each morning the children could follow the steps. At the end of the week discuss in circle time if the order works or if small changes need to be made. Try these and discuss. This activity will reinforce the morning routine, provide structure and the children are actively involved. This can be turned into a literacy activity where the class develops a ‘Getting started Process’ book that could be a take home book.
By doing this as a whole class the teacher role models writing and this activity would develop oral language.
An extension of this idea in Levels 2 – 3 could be to flow chart this process using VISIO and correct flow chart symbols. For example the decision diamond could be used for steps. An example could be: Do you have notices to hand to the teacher( this text is in a diamond) yes/no depending on whether it is yes or n as to which step is taken next. This is a great way to introduce flowcharts as the children become very familiar with a routine and can then move towards the visual understanding the steps because they do them each day. A step before VISIO would be to use kinder squares as the flow chart symbols.#cserTask6
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