Are you looking for letter Qq activities to use with your preschooler or kindergartner? Maybe you’re a classroom teacher browsing for more ideas.
Research tells us that a direct, explicit approach to teaching the alphabet is more effective than indirect teaching. Enjoy the crafts, art ideas, and book list, but know that using a scripted routine like the one below is the most efficient way to teach letters and sounds. Make it your own!
How to introduce letter Qq
- Say words that begin with Qq: Say each word after me. (Emphasize the /qu/ at the beginning of each word as you say it.) Quilt. Quick. Quiz. What do you hear at the beginning of each word? Each word begins with /qu/.
- Talk about what your mouth is doing as you say the sound: Look at what my mouth is doing as I say /qu/. What do you notice? Yes, my mouth is making two sounds.
- Introduce the letter on a flash card: (Hold up the letter Q card in uppercase or lowercase.) This is the letter Q. When we see this card, we say “Q spells /qu/.” Your turn. (Students: “Q spells /qu/.”)
How to practice writing uppercase letter Q
- Sky-write the letter: To make the letter Q, we start at the top and pull back and around to make a circle. Then we go inside and slant down. Watch me put my hand in the air and write a Q in the sky. I start at the top and pull back and around to make a circle. Then I go inside and slant down. Now you try. Put your finger in the air. Start at the top and pull back and around to make a circle. Then go inside and slant down.
- Have students finger-write the letter: Make a Q by moving your finger on the table. Start at the top. Pull back and around to make a circle. Then go inside and slant down. (Other options: sand or salt tray, shaving cream, etc.) Now do the same thing while saying “Q spells /qu/.” Remember to underline the Q when you say /qu/. (Practice multiple times.)
How to practice writing lowercase letter q
- Sky-write the letter: To make the letter q, we start in the middle. We pull back, around, up, down, and curl. Watch me put my hand in the air and write a q in the sky. I start in the middle. I pull back, around, up, down, and curl. Now you try. Put your finger in the air. Start in the middle. Pull back, around, up, down, and curl.
- Have students finger-write the letter: Make a q by moving your finger on the table. Start in the middle. Pull back, around, up, down, and curl. (Other options: sand or salt tray, shaving cream, etc.) Now do the same thing while saying “q spells /qu/.” Remember to underline the q when you say /qu/. (Practice multiple times.)
Other letter Qq activities
Q is for Quarter (dot sticker page)
Little Letter Q book (rhymes and songs)
More alphabet resources
- Alphabet picture cards from A-Z
- Beginning sound clip cards
- Beginning sound coloring pages
- Beginning sound match mats
- Letter hunt & find worksheets
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The book list link is not working, I love your lists. Thanks.
Sorry, Heather! Here you go: https://www.themeasuredmom.com/letter-q-books-preschoolers/
I have enjoyed browsing your website. Wanted to offer one more “hands on” idea. We, at the preschool where I teach two mornings a week, do a letter each day. We have started a “letter sound box”. We pull items from our own preschool toys and games that start with the letter of the day and put them in a decorated box. As the morning progresses we start asking the students if they can figure out the letter that we will be exploring on that day. For example the letter D (dog, dice, doll).
What a wonderful idea, Kim – thanks for sharing that!
I love these little Letter books! Thanks. I can’t seem to find the link for the Q book. Every time I click on the free booklet it keeps taking me to the same page. How do I find it?
Hi Betty! Thanks for the heads up – I fixed it! I’m glad you enjoy these little books; they’re some of my favorites too :).