Dyslexia Math Issues: Sequencing

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

Welcome back! In today's blog, we are continuing our look into how dyslexia impacts math. Our focus for today is on Sequencing.

What is sequencing? Simply put, a sequence is a specific order of numbers based on a pattern or rule. The sequence can start at any specific number. For example, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and so forth is a sequence of numbers. We started at 1 and then added 1 more to the previous number to get the next number in the sequence. Most children are very familiar with counting in sequences. In Arizona, we introduce sequencing in preschool. Kids practice rote counting up to 10 and counting objects in a set. When kids enter kindergarten, they are counting well into the hundreds place and practicing sequences starting at numbers other than 1 (such as, counting by 1s up to 20 starting at the number 4). In first and second grade, our kids are extending their sequencing knowledge by creating sequences with 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s. Again, the challenge put to the kids is to start the sequences at numbers other than 1, 2, 5, 10, or 100. Backward sequences are also introduced to students as well as sequences with missing numbers (i.e., 6, 8, ___, 12, ____, 16, _____, 20...).