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Learning the meaning of ‘after’


Why is this important?
‘After’ relates to something happening or occurring later than something
else (e.g. put your shoes on after your coat; number ten comes after number
nine). This is a key concept when learning ordering and sequencing skills
and also in relation to time.

What to do
• Gather together some pictures of children carrying out two different actions
(e.g. eating dinner and riding a bike).
• Ask the child to put the activities in order. Link the two pictures (e.g. ‘Mimi can ride her bike after she’s eaten her dinner’).
• Ask what Mimi has to do first. This requires the child to understand that the second part of the instruction has to be performed first.