Sequencing is an important language skill that plays a critical role in oral language development especially for oral story-telling skills. It is also critical for reading comprehension, following routines and directions, and planning skills.
Children with language delays commonly have difficulty sequencing steps to tasks, events in a story, and orally retelling a story. However, there are easy ways to target sequencing skills at home during daily routines such as cooking.
To begin, first review sequence words through easy tasks.
Start with numbers and letters or patterns your child already knows. This will decrease the cognitive demands of learning too much at once. Practice using the words first, second, third or first, next, then, and last in the appropriate order.
Once that is mastered, move to the kitchen and have fun baking delicious Colombian bread!
For fun, I included my favorite Colombian recipe that my husband has perfected. It is nice to enjoy a Colombian treat here in the United States whenever we are in the mood for a delicious bread (which is quite often!)
I will adapt the cooking exercise so you can use it with your child to improve oral language development through sequencing tasks.
First, line up all the ingredients you will need. Practice first, second, third, fourth, and last here.
First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next, measure out each ingredient
Last, grate the queso fresco into a medium to large size bowl. It will most likely be the whole cheese depending on the size you bought.
Now we are ready to make dough!
First, add the PRECOOKED cornmeal, (second) yucca starch, (third) white flour, (fourth) egg, (fifth) sugar, and (sixth) salt to the grated cheese.
Now the fun begins....kneading! The key here is to knead the dough for at least 5 minutes. Make sure the cheese mixes well with the other ingredients. According to my husband (the baker in this family), the dough should easily squeeze through your fingers.
Make small balls of dough, about the size of a golf ball. Place on a greased baking sheet. You can easily practice first, second, third, or first, next, last, etc...
Place the baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the bottom is golden and the top is starting to turn brown.