The other letter for this week was q for quilt.
Besides the work we did during circle time connected with repeated patterns which I mentioned in the topic work blog we explored other words starting with q.
The children became aware of words like question, quit, question mark, queen, queue, quilt, quiz, quick and quit.
I pointed out that q is a special letter because when we see it written down it always has a friend holding its hand, the letter u – qu.
The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter q sound:
A boy and his family are in the park. They give some bread to the ducks and the squirrels. The squirrels scamper over quickly. They quarrel and squeak at each other. The ducks rush to the side of the pond, quacking loudly. The boy laughs and pretends to be a duck too, saying, /qu,qu,qu/.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter q sound
The children make their hands into a duck’s beak, opening and closing them saying / qu,qu,qu,qu/.
Letter q formation
Step 1 – Make a curve,
Step 2 – go up,
Step 3 – down
Step 4 – and kick back.
As is the usual routine besides doing the craft related with this letter the children practiced their letter q formation in the scrapbook and played letter q games on the interactive whiteboard as well as playing with other letter q table top games.
Letter q Songs
The Letter Q Song by ABCmouse.com –
Alphablocks QU – Quick –
Alphablocks 21 Quiet –
Practice Ideas for Home
- You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch. In this case letter q.
- You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
- You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter q
- Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound q. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence 🙂