The lovely letter L leaps into our Alphabet Parade this week.
As always, the letter L brings with it six letter L worksheets that will help introduce your child to the letter. The worksheets cover the letter L’s sound, how to identify the letter L in printed words, and how to write the uppercase and lowercase versions of the letter L. As with all alphabet parade worksheets, each worksheet includes extra tips and activity suggestions you can try at home to help your child learn all about the letter L.
The lowercase letter l is hands-down the easiest letter for children to write. In most preschool and kindergarten classrooms, the lowercase letter l is simply a single, straight line. It begins at the top line and extends all the way down to the bottom line. Your child’s greatest challenge in writing this letter will be working to make the line as vertical as possible, since young children with a weak pincer grip may allow the pencil to wobble as they draw the downward line.
The uppercase letter L is nearly as easy as the lowercase l. The uppercase L is comprised of two different strokes which are made without lifting the pencil in the middle. Direct your child to begin at the top of the page and write a lowercase l (a single vertical line downward). Then, keeping his pencil on the paper, ask him to change direction and draw a shorter horizontal line towards the right. Some children like to think of the uppercase L as a “lowercase l with a foot.” The key to writing the uppercase L is to have a sharp angle between the vertical line downward and the horizontal line to the right, which is created by stopping the pencil fully before changing direction and drawing the horizontal line.
The L sound is typically easy for young children to learn as it is easy for children to see how to make the correct sound by watching another person produce it. Stand directly in front of your child and show him how your tongue touches the back of your top, front teeth as you make the correct sound. Also point out how the rest of your face (your cheeks, your lips, your teeth and jaw, etc.) do not move at all as you produce the sound. Then ask your child to mimic the sound by touching his tongue to the back of his top, front teeth.
To practice making the correct L sound, challenge your child to sing a familiar song by substituting the syllable “la” for the words. For example, Mary Had A Little Lamb becomes: la la la la la-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la. Demonstrate first with a familiar tune and ask your child to guess the song. Then let him sing a song substituting “la” for each word and see if he can stump you.
Coming Next Week: The Letter Z.