Yippee! The letter Y is part of the Alphabet Parade! The six letter Y worksheets cover the sound made by the letter Y, how to spot the letter Y in words, and how to write the uppercase and lowercase versions of the letter Y. As with all Alphabet Parade worksheets, each letter Y worksheet includes extra tips and activity suggestions to try with your child at home to solidify his understanding of the letter Y.
When the letter Y comes in the beginning or middle of a word, it makes the “letter Y” sound that most people associate with the letter. This is the sound you hear at the start of the word yellow and is the sound of Y that will be practiced on these worksheets. The letter Y sound is made by pressing the tongue to the top back teeth and then releasing it. Children can practice making this sound by answering “yes” or “not yet” to questions you pose, such as, “Do you want dessert now?” or “Do you want to go to bed?”
When the letter Y appears at the end of a word, it borrows the long E sound (as at the end of baby) or the long I sound (as at the end of fly). These sounds will not be addressed on the Alphabet Parade worksheets as they involve advanced phonics rules. However, these sounds will be addressed on subsequent worksheets we add to this website as we explore increasingly advanced topics.
The uppercase Y is written in two strokes. The first stroke is a small v written in the top half of the writing line. After your child makes the v, ask him to lift his pencil and draw a straight line from the point of the v to the bottom of the writing line. Many children like to think of an uppercase Y as a tall glass with a long stem.
The lowercase y is drawn differently than the uppercase Y, as the lowercase version is meant to prepare children for cursive writing. Begin by asking your child to make a scooped line as if he was writing a lowercase u. Once he finishes the curve and begins drawing the final downward stroke, advise him to continue his stroke below the line and then to add a “tail” to the letter, as with a lowercase g.
Coming Next Week: The Letter R.