4’s Skills Heritage Learning Center Skill Sheet Relates stories in sequence As children begin to learn to read, it is not enough to be able to decode the individual words; they must be able to read with comprehension. Being able to put the story in sequence and remember what happens first is important. We work with the children by discussing the stories that we read. We also sometimes ask them to put three or four picture cards “in the correct order” and tell about what is happening. For instance, the pictures may depict someone picking an apple from a tree, putting a ladder up to the tree and eating the apple. The children can put the pictures in any order as long as they can make a viable story out of their arrangement. You can help your child by talking with him/her about activities you have done together and asking him/her to tell you what you did first, second, third. As you plan activities to do together try to plan them in sequence and be very clear about what needs to be done first, etc. Find or draw simple pictures that tell a story. Have your child put the pictures in order and tell you the story. (Any order is right if the child can tell a reasonable story about it.) Read a favorite fairly tale. Ask your child to retell the story. What happened first, second, and in the end? Allow your child to tell others about recent family events without interruption or correction.