Friday, January 6, 2017

Toddler Playschool: Q is for Queens and Castles {free printable}

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Oh, my stars. I was not prepared for the love of all things Princess when I had a little girl.  I've always been so non-gender bias, (i.e. boys can play dress up, girls can be construction workers), that I was not prepared for my little miss to become so attached to princesses, castles, and the magic of royalty. So I do all that I can to spin Princess play as empowering, making Prince Charming take a backseat to the Princess' strength.  So when we hit the letter Q, I was in a quandary about what topic to do.  I remembered that children learn best when lessons are served in a format that appeals to them.  So I planned out a weekly lesson plan based on princesses, queens, castles, and dragons. It's going to be royally fun! 
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. There will also be exploration of different themes each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides a flexible framework of activity ideas that can used in the home or classroom. Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Please see here for more info.
The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
The Noodle Queen by Jen Goncalves
Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse
Songs and Fingerplays
T-A-C-O-S (Bingo tune)
There was a dragon who liked to eat
Tacos all the day-o.
He ate them all the day-o.

There was a dragon who liked to eat
Tacos all the day-o.

(clap) -A-C-O-S
(clap) -A-C-O-S
(clap) -A-C-O-S
 He ate them all the day-o.
(repeat, substituting claps for letters until no more letters)

There Once Was a Knight (Imagination Movers)
Download the song here

Love-a-Bye Dragon (Rock-a-Bye Baby tune)
Love-a-bye dragon, how I love you.
You're my best friend, my dream come true.
When it's nighttime, we'll cuddle up tight
And cuddle and snuggle all through the night.

Q Page for Alphabet Book
Create a page for the alphabet book. Each page is blank except for the week's letter. Children can be provided with an open-ended activity to decorate the page of their book.  Or you can use the suggested activities to set up an activity to create the page. Once done, pages can be laminated and bound with spiral binding or rings. You can find a template for this book here.  
Click the link below to download 

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