A basic understanding of how things can be organized is essential to successful writing. This summer, help your child become a stronger writer by using strategies like these to learn concepts of organization.
When kids are struggling to organize a paragraph or essay, remembering a similar strategy they used in an activity can make the concept clear to them.
Here are some activities to get you started with relating these organizational patterns to everyday activities:
Help your kids create a list of steps for a new activity they want to do. Write the steps and post the list near the activity site. As they work, the logic of how steps follow each other becomes clear.
Turn your everyday sorting tasks into learning opportunities. Let kids buy or make containers to store items in their room or work area. Help them make a plan for how items will be stored and categorized.
Chronological or Logical Order
Find an interesting narrative paragraph or summary of a story online. Paste the paragraph onto cardboard or construction paper and cut it into strips - one sentence on each piece. Have kids sequence the strips and talk about why they are in a particular order. Help them notice and predict how events are sequenced and connected.
See our article on Crafts for more ideas about using activities at home to teach and reinforce organizational concepts. Use your imagination to make learning fun!