Observe the child with three to four photocopied pictures from a familiar book.
Ask the child to tell you about the pictures and put them in order so they tell what happens in the story.
The child understands the familiar story, can analyze the actions in the pictures from the book, and can sequence the pictures to tell the story in the correct sequence.
Ability to sequence actions and events is important for the child’s development of narrative skills. Early childhood educators and parents can help by talking to the child about their own action sequences. Talk about what the child did first in the morning, then what after that, etc. Sequencing events is important for logical thinking.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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