Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Importance of Sequencing in Montessori — With Snowman Printable!

namc montessori sequencing snowman printable

Being able to observe, recall, and sequence events is an important life skill. In sequencing, we learn about patterns in relationships and we learn to understand the order of things. By learning to sequence, we develop the ability to understand and arrange purposeful patterns of actions, behaviors, ideas, or thoughts. Included with this post explaining more about sequencing, is a set of "How To Build a Snowman" cards inspired by the chilly weather!

Complimentary Printable: Snowman Sequencing - Learning About the Importance of Sequencing in Montessori


As we learn, we are presented with many concepts that involve sequencing. When we read, we recognize letter sounds that are represented by the abstract letter symbol, string them together to form words, and then develop comprehension. Without a solid foundation in letter sounds and sequencing, comprehension is lost along the way.

In math, we learn that numbers follow specific patterns. We begin with linear counting, move to geometric sequencing (skip counting), the squares and cubes of numbers, and later to more complex patterns such as is found in the Fibonacci sequence.

To lay a framework for understanding more complex concepts, learning to sequence should precede direct instruction in writing, reading, and mathematics. The Montessori environment has many opportunities for practicing sequencing, beginning with simple conversations. For instance, the Montessori teacher may ask the children to name the steps in a daily activity: getting dressed, going outside, snack time. Through this easy discussion children begin to see the clear need for order of events.

Puzzles and story cards are another way to teach sequencing. Children enjoy putting picture cards in order and then telling a story about what is happening. This sequencing activity also builds on the child’s powers of observation.

To download your complimentary Snowman Sequencing cards, click here or on the link below:


As children develop reading skills, the teacher can add story sequencing. For example, print each line of a well-known poem or rhyme on a sentence strip, scramble the sentences, and allow the children to order the sentence strips. You may also create sequence strips that give directions on how to do something. The directions can be for a task as simple as how to core and slice an apple or they may be for a more complex activity such as how to sort and do laundry.

Ordering stories and directions helps children develop necessary skills such as reasoning and inferring. It also helps them become better writers as they learn there is a logical sequence of events in stories and life.

Children also benefit by exploring sequencing in the natural world. Learning about the seasons, for example, or the life cycle of a frog helps them discover that there are predictable and logical patterns found in nature. Such discoveries help children develop conceptual and reasoning ability. It also helps them develop concentration skills while strengthening their verbal, written, and mathematical minds.

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As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

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