q is for quilting

we’ve quilted before, but this year set it up as a “quilting circle.” it was an interesting concept for some preschoolers to work in their laps rather than on the floor or at a table.

quilting circle

quilting circle

we had plastic canvas, big needles and embrodiery floss (thank you, thrift shop).

sewing supplies

then it was sewing time. up and down, up and down, up and down.

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then snip off the needle and you’re finished!

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we also made paper quilts…layering paper and adding a Q shape afterwards. we looked at photographs of quilts, read their names and decided that what we made were definitely “crazy quilts.

q is for quilt

q is for quilt

q is for q-tip painting

we used q-tips and our chalk paints with quilt block templates (i googled “quilt block” and found several options).

q-tip painting quilt blocks

q-tip painting quilt blocks

q-tip painting quilt blocks

q-tip painting quilt blocks

q-tip painting quilt blocks

like so many projects, they are beautiful alone and stunning all together.

q-tip painting quilt blocks

q-tip painting quilt blocks

q is for q hands

when i had a circle of preschoolers who needed a little “wowing.” the moments when someone simply stands up and walks away, when two others whimper like dogs and i realize they’ve not stopped their work time game, when the few that were sitting on their little piece of tape are now looking bored, when there is a full volume conversation about halloween costumes (from nearly 4 months ago)…get the image?

the circle time focus for the day was that U usually follows Q. i decided to quickly write a Q on one hand a U on the other. then sing the the letters Q, U, Q, U, Q, U, Q, U while opening my hands for the correct letter.

Q hand

U hand

i got them all back! yes.

m is for milk lid

preschool families and friends have been collecting milk lids for us.

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thank you!

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since it is m week we’ve been sorting by color. we’ve noticed that in the tens of milk lids there are, there is only one brown lid. come on, let’s drink some chocolate milk!

the next phase of this activity is arranging them into words, letter groups, abc order, etc. for some of our kids we explored spacing between letters. learning that when there is a “finger space” between letters that means they are different words. sometimes it was fun to do that on purpose. like a joke. hee hee hee.

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we noticed how many letters can become other letters simply by turning them.

kevin can become keviz and can easily become kevin again! more funny stuff.
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keep bringing those milk lids…we have more projects in mind!

l is for letter

i dabble in the handwriting without tears curriculum.  mostly i am fascinated by the desire to make letter writing easily successful for children.  one thing we do that is handwriting-withou- tears-ish is give craft sticks or wide gross grain ribbon strips to form the letters. here we have a 5 stick capital E:

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