Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tot School & PreK Learning Activities: Letter Q Through the Five Senses

31 Days of ABCs: Letter Q

Sensory learning and sensory play engage learners through hands-on experiences. Since last August, we've been exploring different letters and literacy concepts through sensory experiences at home with my two sons (currently ages 3 and 5). Last October, we participated in 31 Days of ABCs with All Done Monkey (and other bloggers) sharing our Letter F Learning Activities. We love the series so much that we're participating again this year with Letter Q. 

Sight and Touch - Quilts

Quilts are important to our family. We have heirlooms quilts as well as special quilts that my mother has made for me and for both of the boys, so when we began our Letter Q learning activities, I knew we would use quilts for both sight and touch with our sensory explorations. We spread all of our quilts out on the living room floor and looked at them and touched them -- exploring their colors, images, designs and more. 

Then, we also pulled out fabric scraps and filled in our uppercase and lower case Qs with our fabric -- quilting our letter Qs. We've also shared some other quilt fun before with Tomie DePaola's book The Quilt Story and a fun game we created called Quilt Twister, and a quilt-inspired art activity as part of the Kids Get Arty series of Red Ted Art as learned about Molly Upton, a painter who worked with cloth.

Taste and Smell - Quinoa
Letter Q Learning Tray #1.
Next, we explored taste and smell through quinoa (and used our sense of touch again too). We compared how the quinoa felt and smelled before we cooked it (but didn't taste it without cooking it) and then noted how it felt and smelled quite differently after it was cooked. Then, we tasted the cooked quinoa. 

Sound - Quack

For sound, we focused on quack and had fun doing awesome duck impersonations and reading a few new duck books. (Here's some of our other favorite duck books shared with our Letter D Learning Activities).

Letter Q Learning Tray #2. 
Bonus Learning Activity: Quack and Quick - Writing practice and word comparison. 

Wild Thing looked at our books and practiced writing various q words, especially "quick" and "quack." We noticed how the words were very similar with the exception of the vowel in the middle of the word. 

To further explore this, I wrote quick and quack on our sidewalk outside and placed cars near quick and ducks near quack. The boys traced the letters with the cars or ducks. Then, I took the cars and ducks and had them match them to either quick or quack.  

Thanks for joining me for 31 Days of ABCs. Please share your favorite letter learning activities! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fun Learning Activities featuring Monsters and Colors with the Weekly Kid's Co-Op

Monster Activities for Preschool: Color Sorting and Early Literacy

Stir the Wonder and Enchanted Homeschooling Mom introduced us to Monsters Love Colors, and we're loving this fun picture book by Mike Austin (and my Picture Book of the Day selection). The book inspired me to highlight fun monster activities from The Weekly Kid's Co-Op and the Kid Blogger Network, which are great for little ones not ready for scary Halloween fun yet -- or for any time of year. These monsters are lovable and easy to embrace. Plus, these monster activities make learning fun! 

Monsters Love Colors Sensory Bin from Stir the Wonder and Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Here's even more toddler and preschool color learning activities:

It would be easy to use any of these color activities in connection with our Picture Book of the Day. Not only is this book a fun book to read, but for both Caterpillar (3) and Wild Thing (4),  it connects with their current learning focuses at preschool and transitional kindergarten. Caterpillar is focusing on learning about colors (including color mixing) and Wild Thing is learning to read and write various color words. He is so proud of himself as he can read certain sentences and pages in the book completely by himself! 

I'm also sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!