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Friday, March 13, 2009

Preschool Corner: Letter Q

'Q' can be a tough letter in some aspects...but once the ideas start coming, you might eventually run out of time to do it all! Especially because quarters {i.e. money} can be a little boy's favorite thing...and there are things one can do with them!

ABC Book: Quilt

I have tons of excess fabric left over from quilting years ago, so I cut up some squares for Zachary to use to make a quilt square. He worked on making it a pattern on a 6 x 6 piece of cardstock and then glued the 'quilt square' onto his alphabet book page.

Alphabet Activities: Painting a Quilt and Pipecleaner Q's

Everyone wanted to paint this week, so we pulled out the watercolors and I printed off a quilt block pattern (Zachary helped me choose one) and sat down together and picked what colors he wanted to use. He dotted the pattern out first and then went back and filled in the squares and triangles. He has been so proud of his quilt square - carrying it around all week (too sweet).

Zachary also mangled twisted shaped a pipecleaner to make both upper and lower case Q's.

Fun Activities: Quesidillas and Quarter Tossing

Daddy's 'specialty' is quesidillas so we had them for lunch one day when he was home. Zachary helped spread the cheese and butter the tortillas - pure heaven.

We put a big bowl in the middle of the floor and practiced our aim by trying to toss quarters into the bowl and see how many we could get into the bowl. He got 100 points for getting a quarter in the little green cup inside the bowl and 25 points for the other green cups. Every time he got one in, he would raise his hands and yell "SCORE!"

Math: Quarters and more Quarters

This week we had fun counting quarters (money) and cutting circles into quarters. Zachary drew his own circles, cut them out and then had fun cutting them in half and half again. We did several different colors so that he could put them back together. Piecing together all circles reminded him of our pizza fractions earlier.

I made a little sheet for Zachary for him to also do quarter rubbings. Just place a quarter under a piece of paper and rub a gray or silver crayon over it. Zachary loved seeing George Washington's face appear every time! We practiced counting by 25's up to 100 during the week too (a little confusing, but he does have his counting by 10's down pat now).

How Many Quarters
Movement: Quick and Slow

The weather was beautiful several days this week so we spent time outside playing a game of "Quick and Slow". We raced each other and then had fun slowing down and then speeding up {and Mommy enjoyed a few children getting some extra energy out}.

Music: Quartet

We have been having much fun listening to music this week in the form of string quartets...and learning that quartets means four.

Letter Sheet/Collage

Q Worksheet

Stories and Books

Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
Quick, Quack, Quick! by Marsha Arnold
Quack by Phyllis Root
Little Quack by Lauren Thompson
Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin

About the Preschool Corner:

The Preschool Corner is a place for us to share the ideas we are using during our "preschool time" with our kids. You can join in the fun and record what you are doing in your house. Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below (if you have questions feel free to ask). Be sure to link back to this blog post so that your readers can find some other great ideas too!

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Share what you've been doing in your house this week!


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  • I am going through the alphabet with my son and was a little stumped on Q. Thanks so much for these suggestions!

    By Blogger Sarah, At November 3, 2009 at 12:37 PM  

  • Thanks so much for your suggestions. I am part of a preschool co-op and when it is my turn to teach I usually skip google and just come straight to your blog! Simple, creative, and fun. Thank you so much for sharing with me! I am a mother of four and I am so impressed... I have no idea how you do all you do! But I am glad you do it!

    By Blogger Natalee, At February 17, 2010 at 1:25 AM  

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