The Alphabet Parade gladly greets the letter G this week!
The letter G worksheets review the hard sound made by the letter G, how to spot the letter G in printed words, and how to write the uppercase and lowercase versions of the letter G. As with all alphabet parade worksheets, each letter G worksheet includes an extra tip or activity suggestion you can try at home to help your child quickly gain comfort with this letter.
The hard sound of the letter G is made in the back of the mouth. It is similar to the letter K sound, but is not “plosive” (meaning a large puff of air does not escape from your mouth when making the hard G sound). The back of the tongue hits the top, back teeth as the throat tightens to say this sound. Although the letter G sound cannot be observed when it is being said since your mouth does not make a unique movement when making this sound, it is one of the earlier sounds that babies seem to repeat over and over and a common sound to most children.
The soft sound of the letter G is the same as that made by the letter J. For example, the words giraffe and gem have the soft G sound. If your child notices some words that begin with the letter G but are pronounced as though they begin with the letter J, it is usually sufficient to explain that the letter G has one sound all its own and then sometimes borrows the sound made by the letter J.
Your child can practice making the hard G sound by labeling things as “good” or “not good.” Say a list of behaviors (sharing toys, following rules, going to bed on time, hitting a friend, etc.) and let him tell you if that behavior is “good” or “not good.” Also, you can play an auditory processing game where you take turns asking each other to “go get something.” For example, you could first ask your child to “Go get an apple.” When he returns with an apple, it will be his turn to give you a verbal direction using the same “Go get…” format. Each request will give your child valuable practice hearing and making the correct hard G sound.
The uppercase G can be tricky for children to write because it is an uppercase C with an extra, short horizontal line in the middle that can be difficult for children to see. Also, it is challenging for children to stop the curvy motion and change direction to make a perfectly straight line. To help your child properly write this letter, describe the correct formation as two distinct steps: 1) Draw a nice, round C; and 2) Stop your pencil and draw a short, straight line to the left.
Writing the lowercase g can also be challenging. As with writing the uppercase G, describing the correct formation using two distinct steps can be helpful. Explain to your child that the lowercase g starts like the lowercase a, but instead of a short tail (as with the letter a), the tail of a lowercase g continues under the letter and then loops back upward.
Coming Next Week: The Letter Y.