Identifying letters can be tricky business

Reading requires children to be comfortable with skills in several areas, such as visual discrimination, letter awareness, and phonemic awareness (identifying specific sounds in words). Adding to the challenging of reading, many letters in the English alphabet look very similar. For example, the uppercase letters B and P resemble each other, as do O and Q, just to name a few. To help children practice distinguishing between different letters, this set of distinguishing letters worksheets will help develop this important skill set.

Distinguishing Letters Worksheets

Although these distinguishing letters worksheets require children to use visual discrimination, they are not just asking children to look for details in images. These worksheets deal with letter awareness and focus on the ability to recognize the subtle differences in letters which is critical for reading success.

Many letters in our alphabet are quite similar, with only minor changes. Also, both uppercase letters and lowercase letters can be confusing for young children.  Ask your child to carefully examine the first letter in each row on the worksheet. Then, direct her to use the pointer finger of her dominant hand to trace over the letter or draw the letter on the table to emphasize the formation of that letter. When she is familiar with the form of the featured letter, ask her to point to each letter that follows in the row and compare it to the first letter. If the following letter matches the first letter in the row, your child should draw a circle around it. When your child identifies the letter that does not match the first letter, ask her to explain how that letter is different. For example, does the mismatched letter have two straight vertical lines instead of just one? Or is the mismatched letter missing a tail at the end, which the featured letter has? After your child articulates the difference, ask her to draw an X over the incorrect letter. 

Sometimes four rows of letters on a page can be overwhelming to a young child. If this seems to be the case with your child, simply fold the worksheet page to reveal just one line at a time.

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