It is quite nice to see the letter Q join the Alphabet Parade this week. The letter Q worksheets cover the sound made by the letter Q, how to spot the letter Q in printed words, and how to write the uppercase and lowercase versions of the letter Q. As with all alphabet parade worksheets, there are extra tips and activity suggestions on each worksheet that you can try at home to help your child quickly gain comfort with this letter.
The sound made by the letter Q is a combination of the sounds made by the letters K and W, resulting in the “kw” sound. Once your child is comfortable identifying the letter Q, it will be helpful to explain that the letter Q is always followed by the letter U. (While there are rare instances where the letter Q does not precede the letter U, those words are not common enough that a young child will encounter them and they do not need to be discussed at this point.)
When introducing the sound made by the letter Q to your child, it may be helpful to first write down the letters K and W and review the sounds made by each letter. Then, explain to your child that the letter Q makes the same sound as if a K and W were directly next to each other and ask your child to practice making the “kw” sound. Hearing numerous examples of the “kw” sound will help solidify your child’s understanding of the letter Q sound. To practice making the correct letter Q sound, make a list of animals or methods of transportation and ask your child to say “quick” or “not quick” to describe the speed of each item. Some examples would be: a plane (quick), a train (quick), an ant (not quick), a caterpillar (not quick), a cheetah (quick), etc.
Learning to write both the uppercase and lowercase versions of the letter Q is challenging for most children, since both letters are very similar to other letters children likely already know. The uppercase letter Q is similar to an O with a short, diagonal line added. The lowercase letter q is similar to the lowercase letter g, although the tail of the lowercase letter q curves to the right instead of to the left.
When teaching your child to write the uppercase letter Q, begin by asking him to draw a nice, round uppercase letter O. When he has finished writing the uppercase letter O, explain that the uppercase letter Q has an added tail and show him where to place the tip of his pencil to draw the additional line.
When teaching your child to write the lowercase letter q, explain that the lowercase letter q is similar to the lowercase letter g except for the direction of the curve at the bottom of the tail. Begin by asking him to draw a small circle and continue the downward stroke below the writing line as if he was beginning to write a lowercase letter g. After he has drawn the downward stroke, direct him to complete the tail by drawing a gradual curve to the right.
Coming Next Week: The final letter in the Alphabet Parade, the Letter X.