It’s exciting to see letter E join the Alphabet Parade this week. The letter E worksheets cover the short and long sounds made by the letter E, how to spot the letter E in printed words, and how to write the uppercase and lowercase versions of the letter E. As with all alphabet parade worksheets, each worksheet includes extra tips and activity suggestions you can try at home to help your child quickly gain comfort with this letter.
As with the other vowels, the letter E makes both a long and a short sound. The short letter E sound is found at the start of the word elephant. To encourage your child to practice saying the short E sound, ask him to do a series of jumping jacks or jump in place, saying the word “exercise” each time he moves.
The long E sound is the same as the name of the letter E and can be heard at the start of the word eat. Ask your child to say the rhyme “Eeny, meeny, miney, mo” for practice saying the long E sound.
The letter E is also silent in some words, typically when it appears as the last letter of a word (as in the words rose and tote). The role of the “silent E” is an advanced phonics lesson and is not a concept that should be taught to children when they are first learning about the letter E. (In a few weeks, though, I do plan to add some worksheets to the website that cover the Silent E, so keep an eye out for those.)
The uppercase letter E is written with four straight lines, making it relatively easy for most children to draw. Direct your child to make the vertical stroke first and then lift his pencil to add the top, middle and bottom horizontal lines. The challenge in writing the uppercase letter E is in making sure all three horizontal lines are parallel to each other, approximately the same length, and evenly spaced along the vertical line.
Unlike the uppercase letter E, which is comprised of four straight lines, the lowercase letter e is a smooth curve. First direct your child to draw a small, oval-shaped loop. Then, keeping his pencil on the paper, direct him to continue drawing to create a large curve underneath the oval-shaped loop. With its complicated construction, learning to properly write the lowercase letter e takes some practice.
Coming Next Week: The Letter Q.