It’s obviously time to say “hello” to the letter O as it joins the Alphabet Parade. The six letter O worksheets cover the short and long sounds made by the letter O, provide practice spotting the letter O in printed words, and show 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 O.
As with the other vowels, the letter O makes more than one sound. The letter O makes a short sound that is heard at the start of words such as olive or octopus. This short O sound is also heard in the middle of words, such as cot or hot. The differences between short vowel sounds can be subtle and difficult to hear at first, as seen with the words cat and cot. But with exposure and practice, children will gain confidence identifying short vowel sounds.
As with the other vowels, the long sound for the letter O is just the name of the letter. For example, the long letter O sound is seen in the words oval and over. The mouth actually forms a small O shape, with the lips pushing forward a bit as if to whistle. To give your child practice saying the long O sound, place some toys, one at a time, either over or under a table. Ask your child to say the word “over” each time you place an object over the table and say “no” each time you move the object under the table. Regardless of whether your place the item over or under the table, your child will get important practice saying the long O sound as he responds to you.
While the sound made by the letter O may be tricky to master, writing the letter O is typically fun and easy for children. The trick with writing both the uppercase and lowercase versions of the letter O is to make the circle nice and round. Begin by teaching your child now to write the uppercase letter O, as it is generally easier for children to write larger letters. Once he has mastered the uppercase O, you can show him how to write a lowercase o by drawing a smaller circle that is half as tall as his uppercase O.
Coming Next Week: The Letter I.