Oral Language Development

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!

Oral Language Development While Cooking!

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. 

How To Do Activity!

We are going to make DELICIOUS Pan De Bonos


  • 2 cups of finely grated white queseo fresco , soft cheese (available at most stores in the specialty cheese section or at an international grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup yucca starch (check Hispanic food isle)
  • ¼ cup white flour
  • 2.5 tablespoons precooked yellow cornmeal - must be precooked
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt 
  • 1 egg

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. 


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Bridget is an ASHA certified, practicing speech language pathologist. She is passionate about providing parents with information on child speech and language development as well as provide functional, easy activities to do at home! Parents have the power to make a real difference. Follow Bridget at Facebook and Pinterest for more fun!

Author of  child language development eBook series

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