Curly Q Learns the Letter F

This is Curly Q’s first go ’round with the Letter F and we went a little overboard. She really likes learning time and is always eager to move on to the next activity. I just follow her lead and just focus on having her say the letter and pointing to it wherever we see it. This is just an introduction for her so I put very little, if any emphasis on her “getting it right”. For the letter F we just talked about fish and said the letter F a lot. 🙂

We started out with our fish lace card. She looped it through a few times and then made it swim a few laps, saying “shwim shwim shwim!”

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Using our lacing beads I had her build the letter F using my alphabet cards I made. I basically printed out the entire alphabet, lowercase and uppercase, cute out the letters, and then laminated them to a sheet of card stock paper. This is always a fun one for her.

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We did the fish color match game next. She needed a little guidance with this. Not that she didn’t know how to match the colors, she was wanting them to match up perfectly and gave up a few times when they wouldn’t line up.

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We moved on to categorizing our uppercase and lowercase F’s. She had to put all the uppercase F’s in one pile and all of the lowercase F’s in another pile.

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The size sort fish I figured would be a stretch, but I thought I’d see what she’d do with it. We’ve only really talked about big things vs little things, but size progression is new and maybe something we’ll focus on later. This is what she did with them. She just kind of lined them up in no particular order and said, “Yay, I did it!”. I joined in on the festivities and we gave each other a high five! Well done, Curly Q!

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At this point she was ready to do some writing because Little Miss was coloring away on her workbook pages. Here she is scribbling away on her letter F sheet.

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After tracing, I had her do the fish builders activity. For some reason I am missing a yellow fish. She was a little bothered by it at first, but I distracted her by telling her to go show Hollywood how good a job she had done. So off she went to the kitchen to show him her hard work.

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She was gone for a bit.

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I had already set up her next activity by the time she returned. She had taken a detour for some string cheese. Learning can make a little girl hungry! 🙂

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To end our letter F day we did our bean dig. I hide four cards with the letter F and four cards with other uppercase letters in a big bowl of beans and she has to dig them out, separating the letter F’s from the other letters.

1We really had fun with these activities! Curly Q does not do a lot of coloring, so I’m thinking about making her some coloring pages that we can add into the mix.

Check out my resources page to see where we get our learning time materials!

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Curly Q Learns the Letter C

Today, Curly Q has some fun with her letter C binder and caterpillars! She really moved through these activities, we ended up doing a lot today.

First, we started off with our letter C lacing cards. I first demonstrated to her how to do it. After that, I just let her play around with it. After she got the thread through a couple of holes she yelled, “I did it!” What a cutey.

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These cards are usually used for play dough where she forms the dough into the letter C, but she just wanted to trace it with dry erase marker.  These sheets are laminated so we can reuse them!

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We practiced categorizing small, medium, and large caterpillars. The word “medium” is new to her, so she was very curious about it.

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We used these cards for color matching. One of the colors is maroon and she kept calling it red. I tried to convince her otherwise, but she was not having it. Curly Q-1 Momma-0.

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She wanted to scribble some more. Inadvertently writing a lowercase a instead of a c. 🙂

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She made a fuzzy caterpillar and letter C with her fuzzy magnets.

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I wanted to have her practice more on the shape of the letter C, so we grabbed her hard magnets and had her make magnet letter C’s.

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Last but not least, her letter C match. She really likes finding all of the matching pictures! To be honest, I kinda do too. 🙂4

Check out my resources page to see where I got all of these activities!

Curly Q Learns Numbers, Colors, and Shapes Day 2

Curly Q really likes anything to do with her hands or taking things apart to investigate. This is different from Little Miss who really likes to organize and play with anything art related. Going to have to incorporate maybe some more sensory activities for her. Until then, this is what we played with today!

We started out with number cards, Curly Q actually did the left side with the crayons to match the colored pictures while Little Miss did the right side with the words.

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Since she likes to work with her hands, I had her play with some clothes pins. As you can see we were not so concerned about whether the numbers on the pins matched the number of Angry Bird heads. We just had fun clipping!

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However, Little Miss likes things to be in order so when Curly Q went to show her that she had done a good job, she helped her put the clips in their right places. Curly Q reluctantly accepted the help.2

I love these fruit cards, we use them for all kinds of activities. For today, we talked about all of the different kinds of fruit and their colors, then she matched them in pairs. (These cards can be found here at Homeschool Creations.)

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Lastly, I just took out our shape tracers I put in plastic sheet covers and had her use a dry erase marker and trace her heart out. I find that the large Expo markers work best because they erase easily (even if you forget to erase it and leave it on for a day or so, it still comes off) and they are easier for their little hands to hold!

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We have managed to only end up with one dry erase marker because Curly Q likes to us them as a hammer and jam the tip in so far to where it no longer write. Oh well, it’s all apart of being two!

Check out what Little Miss did for her Numbers, Colors, and Shapes Day 2 here!

Look at my resources to see where we get all of our learning time materials!

Curly Q and the Letter “S”

Today I let Little Miss pick our letter of the day, she chose “S” for snowman! I will admit that we went overboard to day and spent about and hour and a half on learning time today, but it went by pretty quickly and we got to make a little bit of a mess!

Since Curly Q is only three and has just recently started participating in learning time, I keep things simple for her. She mostly does a lot of hands on stuff where she learns the basic shapes of the letter we are working on.

She used these magnetic counters to “trace” the letter S on a cookie sheet. She really liked this one!

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Here’s another one but with magnetic pom poms I made. I found the printable here at Homeschool creations.

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Maybe it was because she had already completed two activities similar to this one, but she lost interest with this one pretty quickly. She just started stacking the pieces after a bit. Oh well, that works too!

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These are cut outs of capital and lower case S’s. She was content with rolling around on the floor and saying “esh” over and over again!

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This one was fun for her because she got to make a mess with the beans. I cut unlined index cards in half and wrote the letter S on five cards and other letters on another five.  We buried all ten letter cards under a bunch of dried beans and she had to find all of the S’s and separate them from the other letters.

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5As far as the mess goes, I found an easy solution for clean up.  That pink cover you see us sitting on is an old blanket that we use to do a lot of our learning time activities. It keeps the beans and rice we use contained!

Check out what Little Miss did for the letter S here.