Q is for Queen
This is another great pairing. It's easy to find stories which feature both, and they make a similar sound so it's fun to feel them in your mouth. There are so many stories with Kings and Queens that you could really probably pick anything, but I'm fond of The Queen Who Couldn't Bake Gingerbread by Dorothy van Woerkom, illustrated by Paul Galdone.
We started today's tutoring session by adding F and G to the main lesson book. For F he just copied the word Feather, which I wrote for him (remember at this age that you're writing everything in capital letters because those are the shapes you've taught them so far). But for G he wrote his first-ever summary all on his own. It was "The goose had three eggs. I can't take my eyes off of them." Even though our story was not "The Goose Who Laid Golden Eggs," he saw them in the illustration from L M N O P and All the Letters A to Z and he wanted to put them in his piece of handmade paper. He also had a chick hatching out from the egg on the far right.
After adding his summaries, I showed him our two letters for today. K and Q. I have the set of laminated wall cards which correspond to the illustrations in L M N O P and I love them. I actually use them more often than the book. It's so nice to be able to display them side by side.
We read the poems for King and Queen from the backs of the cards and then we read the book The Queen Who Couldn't Bake Gingerbread. Then we headed to the Art Room to mix up a batch of Gingerbread Play Dough. We adapted a recipe I found online by adding more spices and making it even gingerbreadier. It's a really nice no-cook recipe and it only takes one bowl!
The Gingerbreadiest Play Dough
- 1 1/2 cups cornstarch
- 8 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 4 tsp water
- 4 T vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup molasses
Add 4 T flour. Keep on adding flour, 1/2 tsp at a time, kneading after each addition, until your dough is no longer sticky. Makes 3 cups.
We ended the session with a Kingly board game, Enchanted Forest by Ravensburger (this is a great memory game; we have the original version).
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