Exciting news! The letter X has finally joined the Alphabet Parade. The letter X worksheets cover the sound made by the letter X, how to spot the letter X in printed words, and how to write the uppercase and lowercase versions of the letter X. 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 letter X is the final letter in the Alphabet Parade because the sound made by the letter X is extremely challenging for children to learn. To begin with, the letter X does not have its own sound. Rather, it takes the sound of K and S together to make a “ks” sound. As children are beginning to learn the sounds made by each letter, it is difficult for some children to properly combine the K and S sounds to make the correct “ks” sound.
To help your child get comfortable making the correct letter X sound, encourage him to practice simply saying the name of the letter, since the name also includes the “ks” sound. For example, find a colorful picture in a magazine and ask your child to use a crayon, marker or pencil to place an X on the objects in the picture that you call out. Each time he marks a picture, ask him to say: “X marks the spot!” That phrase will be your cue to call out another object for him to find in the picture.
The letter X is also challenging for young children because, unlike other letters, it is most commonly placed at the end or middle of a word and is rarely the first letter of a word. Young children typically identify the beginning sounds of words long before they notice the middle or ending sounds, adding another element of difficulty to learning about the letter X. It is important to note that sometimes the “ks” sound of a letter X is found at the end of a singular word such as fox or box. However, the “ks” sound associated with the letter X is also found in the plural form of a word ending in the K sound, such as socks or ducks. Because the worksheets are designed for children to practice isolating and identifying sounds, the correct spelling of the word should not be a consideration. Instead, encourage your child to focus on the ending sound of the words when completing the letter X worksheets.
Learning to write the letter X is significantly less complex than learning to make and identify the correct letter X sound. The biggest challenge when writing the uppercase and lowercase versions of the letter X is getting the lines to intersect at their midpoints. When writing both the uppercase and lowercase versions, direct your child to begin in the upper left corner of his writing space and make a single, straight line diagonally down to the bottom right corner of the writing space. Then encourage him to add a second line by beginning in the upper right corner of his writing space and drawing diagonally down to the bottom left corner. As a guide, show your child how each line should end directly below the point where the other line began. Also, make sure that your child draws the letter X with just two lines, rather than making one diagonal line and going back to add two short diagonal lines from the middle of the first line.