Letter “Q” -Letter of the Week Program

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Welcome to letter Q week! Most of our letter crafts are of animals but the children are not familiar with a quail so we went with a queen this week. The children decorated the crown with sparkly stickers and we added some eyes and lips.  We did talk about a quail as we read our AlphaTales letter books.

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The stories were cute and gave us a chance to repeatedly practice the sound of “Q” throughout the book.

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I borrowed my daughter’s queen figurine and had her tell the children how to form the letter Q.  She explained that a capital Q is similar to the letter O.  She reminded the children that they already know how to form a letter O so the letter Q will be easy for them!

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I brought out our tactile letter cards and let the children practice tracing the letters with their fingers.  The white letter parts of these cards are done in a sandpaper texture while the black area is smooth. You can buy a set of Tactile Letter Cards or make your own out of sandpaper, velvet, or any fabric you have in the house.

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A super fast and easy way to make a set of tactile letters is to cut out cardboard squares from cereal boxes.  Use a black marker to print your letters. Squeeze white glue or use a hot glue gun onto the cardboard squares in a thick stream in the shape of a letter.  Let it dry.  Once it is dry it feels neat to trace over the letter. Here is a set of geometric shapes using this same technique that I got from Rockabye Butterfly’s site.

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Here is a close up of the triangle.  You can see the glue dries clear but you can easily feel it when you trace the shape.

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Whether you decide to make your own or buy some tactile letter cards, they are worth the effort because most children really enjoy this type of quiet activity.

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One day this week we dressed up as queens!

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This is a little red riding hood cape we used as our queen’s royal cloak.  The crown is a simple paper one with an elastic band to hold it in place.  A few props are all this age group needs to get into a role.

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Using Q-tips instead of brushes to make paintings turned out to be a fun idea for craft time this week.

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Here are the kids lined up to take a turn at the “Quiet Quack ” duck pond fishing game. I draped a blue cloth over this little bench to make water.   I had two ducks that lived at the pond.  One quacked very loudly and the other was very quiet.

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The children took their little fishing pole with a magnet on the end and dipped it into the pretend pond.  I sat on the other side, making the ducks quack and being silly while I attached a magnet letter onto their fishing pole. The children got a chance to reel in their catch and tell everyone what letter they caught.  It was a silly review letter game that they enjoyed. Here is a link to a premade fishing game letter set if you don’t want to make your own.

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These magnetic letters are kept in this organizer as part of our homeschool spelling program but I also use them for the preschool daycare children.

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I’ve made felt quilts in the past with young children.  Each child sews (with one-on-one guidance) a shape onto a felt square.  Then, I hand sew all the squares together to make a quilt.  We hang it up and the children love looking at the quilt when it is finished.  I suggested we make a letter quilt or simply a small quilt made up of letter “Q’s”.  A small quilt would be perfect to put in our doll cradle.

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My plan was to cut out letter Q’s from felt and then help the children sew them onto the square felt backing.  However, none of the children wanted to sew this week!  I invited them into the activity on two different days but they had no interest as they are currently caught up in a pretend game that continued for several days.  So I decided to show you a harvest quilt we made a few years ago to explain the idea in case your daycare children are interested in hand sewing.

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We have read all our alphabet books many times now so I grabbed this one when we were at the library.  The children had a chance to review all the letter names and we discussed the stylized pictures of native art in this book.

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Our last letter Q activity was an active one.  I made them a super-duper QUICK obstacle course in the playroom.  They got a chance to cheer each other on as each child raced through the course QUICKLY.  Q is for quick!

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They crawled under the coffee table, over a child size foam couch (that was flipped upside down), they threw a ball into a stool (turned upside down), then they raced one complete circle around the child sized arm chair, through the pretend kitchen, jumped over a hockey stick on the floor and sat down on a big pillow.  My daycare children love this type of activity.  It’s quick and encourages cheering and clapping!

I wish you a quirky letter Q week!

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