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Letter of the Day- Qq

Qq is often a letter that is hard to teach. There are some great Qq words, but they are more abstract for kids… quarter, quartet, quarantine?? I don’t typically like to go with queen either so… here we go

Jack Hartmann Qq song

Printing Qq

Capital Q- start like capital C, close it up, jump inside the bottom right of the “O” and draw a slanted line from left to right

lowercase q- start like a lowercase c, go up just past the start, back downnnn on the same line, give it a hook to the right

Quilts is typically a topic I teach in January. This year I did not since I taught polar animals instead. It is a fun topic and easily allows for math, writing, and art projects… so here we go!

Today’s activities: Quilts!

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy Tanya loves listening to her grandmother talk about their family quilts. Grandmother collects fabrics from the family clothing to collect memories. When Tanya’s grandmother becomes ill, Tanya teacher herself to quilt in order to finish the quilt.

** Make a paper quilt. Her are two suggestions…

each letter gets its own color
notice the “d”s are all the same color

Name quilt. Provide your child with a paper that has a grid on it. Have your child write his/her name in the squares on the grid over and over with a marker. Then color each letter to create the quilt pattern… see the photo. Point out that this creates a pattern.

each shape got a color…note they aren’t perfect and that’s ok!

Geometric quilt- provide your child with a paper and have your child use geometric shapes to create the quilt. Squares, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, rhombus and other shapes work.

The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace Minna’s teacher asks the students to work on a kindness project. Each child is asked draw and share and act of kindness. Minna cannot decide which to share, so she makes a “quilt” of all of her examples.

**Create a family kindness quilt. Have each family member create a square or two or more to show acts of kindness. This is a great way to focus on how we each can do more to be kind to each other.

What else can you do?

  • Make a quilt fort
  • Take a quilt outside and have a picnic
  • Make your own family quilt
  • learn to sew (paper with holes punched into it and shoe strings are a great way to start)
  • cut images out of magazines into squares and/or triangles and use them to make a quilt

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