The other day I found a delightful children’s book called Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb. Actually my kids found it, as our method for choosing library books is grabbing the first 30 within reach and siphoning through for the good ones once we get home. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Basically a mother bear and cub play a game at the end of the day, reviewing the events of the day backwards. I liked the story, but I was even more impressed with how simply the book helps children start to think about sequence of events.

One of the concepts children are expected to grasp when they go into kindergarten is order and sequence. Understanding that there is an order and sequence to events helps children with everything from reading comprehension, following directions, to basic mathematical thinking.

After we read the story, I decided to try and play the “Tell Me the Day Backwards” game with my daughter. It required some thinking on her part, but we made it through the day. I think we will make this game part of our nighttime ritual. Not only will it reinforce understanding of order and sequence, but it will give us a chance to chat and review the day together. We might just switch it up and tell the day forwards sometimes too.

What other ways could you emphasize order and sequence of events with your kids? What other children’s books have you found that teach important concepts?


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2 Responses to Tell Me the Day Backwards

  1. Megan says:

    Love this idea, Lindsay! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Havalah says:

    we recently came across that book too. We do this all the time in our house but I never realized how good it is for them.

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