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When learning to form and write letters, it’s important for children to learn the difference between those lowercase letters that are tall, those that are short, and those that have tails. Practicing this vital pre-writing skill is both fun and easy with this kindergarten file folder game!
Well, yes. That’s how we have described those hang down letters (letters like g and y that hang down below the line as you write them) in our house since we first started going over the lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Knowing which letters are short, which are tall, and which ones hang down will help them tremendously as they practice those handwriting skills.
Lowercase Letter Sorting
In case you need a quick refresher, the short letters are a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x, and z.
The tall letters are b, d, f, h, k, l, and t.
Those with a tail are g, j, p, q, and y.
And this fun file folder game covers them all!
Putting it together is quick and easy!
Next, cut out and attach the short, tall, and tail labels to the inside of your folder using a little more contact paper.
Now, the short section will contain quite a few letters, so its best to put that one on its own side inside your file folder.
For the tall and tail sections, use the other side and lay the pieces out before attaching them to see how much space you’ll need for each.
Next, cut out and laminate the lowercase letter pieces.
Add Velcro dots to the inside of your file folder under the short, tall, and tail labels (14 for short, 7 for tall, and 5 for tail) and then add the other side of the Velcro to the backs of your letter pieces.
Give your child the letters of the alphabet and explain as you work through them that some letters are tall, some are short, and some have a tail that hangs down.
It won’t be long before they’ll have these letters mastered!