Friday, September 26, 2014

The quiet way home (BFIAR)

 Alex is 3.5 years old

We did a row on this book a few weeks ago, The quiet way home by Bonny Becker.  It is a fun book about enjoying a walk home going the quiet way, not the loud way.  So we focused on the letter Q and the word quiet (and some other Q words like quilt, and Quetzal which you'll see below).

I checked out the book from the library because this one is hard to find to buy.  I was glad that one of the library systems had it, but the other didn't.

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 Later in the week I discovered through another blog that this story was available as an app for the ipad, so we got that and he had a great time listening to it on the ipad too.

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This is a bird called the Quetzal.  I found this printable craft at Learn Create Love, and fell in love with this little bird that I didn't even know about that started with a Q!  While Alex didn't go crazy over it, he still had some fun painting it.

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Quetzal bird craft

I found a great idea from another blog (not sure which one, I can't find it now) to make a gel pack with the word quiet in it.  This was a big hit.  He loved this thing.  We talked a lot about the word quiet.

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He loved that thing so much that it only lasted a day.  Need to find a better way to seal it, but it was a great idea.

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He did this Q is for quiet page for about 2 minutes.  It was a good try.

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I set up a letter Q basket with all the letter Qq's we had.  He always enjoys seeing a lot of the same letter.  Then he points out every q he sees after that.

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 We did this q dropper activity from Totally Tots.  Squeezing the dropper was frustrating for him, so this didn't last long.

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 We focused a little on ears and other body parts/senses since part of the story is about hearing/listening.  I had this body puzzle that I pulled out, he liked doing that a few times but still needed help each time.

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Some other books we read...

 Too much noise (to go with the quiet theme)

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The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle.  We focused a little on crickets.  I pointed out a cricket sound outside, and we watched a video about cricket sounds.  We perfected our cricket chirp, and now he tells everybody what a cricket sounds like.  We also did this craft, with an outline of the very quiet cricket and tissue paper.

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This was a fun row, and book.  I think it's not a very easy book to come up with activities for, but I was happy with what we found and came up with. 

Linking this up with Delightful Learnings FIAR link-up.

Desiree


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