Are you looking for letter Ee activities to use with your preschooler or kindergartner? Maybe you’re a classroom teacher browsing for more ideas.
Research tells us that a direct, explicit approach to teaching the alphabet is more effective than indirect teaching. Enjoy the crafts, art ideas, and book list, but know that using a scripted routine like the one below is the most efficient way to teach letters and sounds. Make it your own!
How to introduce letter Ee
- Say words that begin with Ee: Say each word after me. (Emphasize the /ĕ/ at the beginning of each word as you say it.) Edge. Elephant. Elevator. What sound do you hear at the beginning of each of these words? The sound is /ĕ/.
Talk about what your mouth is doing as you say the sound: Look at what my mouth is doing as I say /ĕ/. Now you try. Put your finger between your teeth when you say the sound. Is your mouth open a lot or a little? (a little) Put your hand on your throat as you say /ĕ/. Is it a quiet or noisy sound? (noisy)
- Introduce the letter on a flash card: (Hold up the letter E card in uppercase or lowercase.) This is the letter E. When we see this card, we say “E spells /ĕ/.” Your turn. (Students: “E spells /ĕ/.”)
How to practice writing uppercase letter E
- Sky-write the letter: To make the letter E, we start at the top. We go down. Then across, across, across. Watch me put my hand in the air and write an E in the sky. I start at the top, go down, across, across, across. Now you try. Put your finger in the air. Start at the top. Go down, across, across, across.
- Have students finger-write the letter: Make an E by moving your finger on the table. Start at the top. Go down, across, across, across. Other options: sand or salt tray, shaving cream, etc.) Now do the same thing while saying “E spells /ĕ/.” Remember to underline the E when you say /ĕ/. (Practice multiple times.)
How to practice writing lowercase letter e
- Sky-write the letter: To make the letter e, we start in the middle. We go across, back, and around. Watch me put my hand in the air and write an e in the sky. I start in the middle, go across, back, and around. Now you try. Put your finger in the air. Start in the middle. Go across, back, and around.
- Have students finger-write the letter: Make an e by moving your finger on the table. Start in the middle. Go across, back, and around. (Other options: sand or salt tray, shaving cream, etc.) Now do the same thing while saying “e spells /ĕ/.” Remember to underline the e when you say /ĕ/. Practice multiple times.)
Other letter Ee activities
- Count the Eggs (counting mats)
- E is for Elephant (dot sticker page)
- Little Letter E Book (rhymes & songs)
More alphabet resources
- Alphabet picture cards from A-Z
- Beginning sound clip cards
- Beginning sound coloring pages
- Beginning sound match mats
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Hi Anna, thank you for your wonderful printables! I downloaded the uppercase beginning sound coloring page. Letters B,C,D,E,and F are not included in the download. It goes A,L,M,N,O,G,L,M,N….to the rest of the alphabet. I would love the missing letters if you could update the download! Thank you so much!
Hi Katie! I’m not sure what you’re seeing… I downloaded the uppercase beginning sound coloring pages, and the file is correct. Are you downloading in this post?https://www.themeasuredmom.com/free-beginning-sounds-coloring-pages/
Hello, I love your ideas! I used them with my daughter who has know moved on and now my son is in preschool and I’m using your website for him. I wondered where the link for the letter cover was? In the picture at the top of this page it has many different letters and you’re supposed to use little circles to cover all the letter “e’s” but not the other letters. I can’t find the link for this. It looks so cool!
Here you go! https://www.themeasuredmom.com/free-find-the-letter-alphabet-worksheets/
Anna you are awesome
Thank you for the kind words, Tessy!