It’s time to say “hi” to the letter I, as it joins the Alphabet Parade. The letter I worksheets introduce the short and long sounds made by the letter I, give children practice spotting the letter I in printed words, and show them how to write the uppercase and lowercase versions of this letter. 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 the letter I.
Like the other vowels, the letter I has both a short sound and a long sound. The short sound can be heard at the start of the word igloo, and the long sound can be heard at the start of the word ice.
To produce the short I sound, the mouth is slightly open and the tongue touches the back of the front, bottom teeth. The short vowel sounds are sometimes difficult for young children to distinguish. For example, listen to the subtle difference between the words big and beg. Your child can practice saying the short I sound by saying the word “in” each time you put a small cookie or piece of cereal into a cup. Drop a few pieces outside of the cup and remind your child to say “in” only when the cookie or cereal drops into the cup.
The long sound of the letter I is one that is familiar to children, since it is both the name of the letter and its own word, I. When saying the long I sound, the mouth opens slightly more widely than it does when making the short I sound, although the difference may not be perceptible to a young child. To encourage your child to practice saying the long I sound, pretend that you are taking a survey and ask him questions to which his answers will be “I do” or I don’t.” Some questions might be: “Do you like to go to school?” or “Do you like chocolate ice cream?”
The letter I is typically one of the easiest letters for children to write since it is composed of only straight lines. When writing the uppercase I, remind your child to make sure the horizontal line on top is equal in size to the horizontal line at the bottom and that the vertical line hits in the middle of the two horizontal lines.
Similar to the uppercase letter I, the lowercase letter i begin with a single straight line. When writing the lowercase i, remind your child to begin writing in the middle of the line so that the letter is only half as tall as the uppercase I. Also, remind your child to always go back and add a small dot above the line since without the dot, it’s not an i.
Coming Next Week: The Letter U.