The Letter E
The Letter EThe letter E is not simply a symbol on an eye chart; it’s the fifth letter in the alphabet. It is also the most frequently used letter in the English language, so it’s a really important letter for kids to learn. Students learn the letter E when they sing the alphabet song. They read it when they begin with consonant-vowel-consonant words like “led” and “pet” and Dolch sight words like “the” and “me”. As students learn to read and to spell, they learn vowel combinations like “ea” in “eat” and “ee” in “beet”. They learn about the long E sound in “me”, “eat”, and “beet” and the short E sound in “pet”, “wed”, and “head”. Help students distinguish the long from the short E sound by reminding them that the long E sounds just like the letter name. Since the letter E is so frequently used, it’s an important letter to master when developing spelling fluency. It’s frequency also makes it a very easy letter to practice. Alphabet games, letter games, and spelling games are all great ways to develop letter recognition. Your students can play games they love and develop their skills at the same time.