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5 Tricky Lowercase Letters

Today we have lots of free printables for you that help kids recognize the typewritten forms of various lowercase letters!

You’ve probably noticed that some lowercase letters look different when they are handwritten than when they are typewritten. For example, take a look at lowercase letters A and G below.


different forms of lowercase a and g

Lowercase letters “q”, “t”, and “y” can be tricky for beginning readers, too. Fortunately, hands-on activities are an easy way to help your child become familiar with the different forms of these letters.

Fun Practice for Tricky Lowercase Letters!

Tricky Letters Lower Case A activity

Tricky Lowercase Letter A

A typewritten lowercase A looks very different than a handwritten lowercase A. Help your child learn to recognize three different styles of this tricky letter.

Tricky Letters Lower Case G activity

Tricky Lowercase Letter G

A handwritten lowercase G has an open loop or “fishtail,” while many typewritten forms have a closed loop. These activities will help your child recognize both!

Tricky Letters Lower Case Q activity

Tricky Lowercase Letter Q

Depending on whether it is handwritten or typewritten, lowercase Q can have a descender with a curvy or straight tail…or no tail at all! That’s extra tricky!

Tricky Letters Lower Case T activity

Tricky Lowercase Letter T

Lowercase letter T can also be written different ways. Most handwritten forms have a straight stick, while most typewritten forms have a bit of a curl at the bottom.

Tricky Letters Lower Case Y activity

Tricky Lowercase Letter Y

A typewritten Y is usually straight. A handwritten Y can be either straight or curvy. Can your child recognize all three?

Recognizing the various forms of lowercase A, G, Q, T, and Y is part of letter knowledge, one of the Big Five Skills that help kids prepare for learning to read.

girl working on tricky letter activity child drawing on a maze activity little girl shows her letter Y activity

Are you wondering if your child is ready for formal reading instruction? Download this checklist to measure your child’s reading readiness.

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Let me know in the comments below if your child enjoyed these letter recognition activities!

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Christal

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Love these

Robin E.

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Thank you, Christal.

Neysa

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My daughter had a lot of trouble with b and d.

Robin E.

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That is a common difficulty for many children, Neysa. We address b and d confusion in our How to Solve Letter Reversals article. However, if you need additional help, please let me know.

Cindy

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Wonderful activities to help with lowercase letter case recognition! Thank you for these resources!

Robin E.

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You’re so welcome, Cindy!

Jane K

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I like how you can teach little ones that there are different ways to write letters. I believe it can help when teaching different forms of foreign language letters too! Every language has its own code or alphabet and it’s fun to learn!

Robin E.

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Great point, Jane! Thank you.

Erica Wylie

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We’ve been using AAS for several years and I appreciate how each lesson focuses on a specific phonogram.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Erica.

Ali M

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Thank you for these resources!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Ali!

Allie G

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Great resources

Robin E.

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Thank you!

Tracy

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These would help my early reader so much!

Kalli Mangum

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These look wonderful!

Ines Montoya

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I love these! I can’t wait to introduce them to my son.

Amanda

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This looks great! My youngest is really solid with his capitals, I have been slow to introduce lower case. This should help!

Robin E.

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I’m glad these will help, Amanda!

Lena Shell

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These look so fun!

Jennifer

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Thanks for this! Nervous about teaching writing so this will hep!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Jennifer. I’m glad this will help!

Megan

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Both of my kids struggle with this at times.

Robin E.

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Then I hope these activities will be helpful, Megan.

Bonnie Covel

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This is great. I was always irritated with text for kids that had different fonts. It never occurred to me to TEACH the different fonts. Thanks!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Bonnie.

Maria

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Just today, I worked with a student who is struggling with b/d when writing. I love these ideas and am inspired to create practice material for her based on similar ideas.

Robin E.

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Maria,
I think you will find our How to Solve Letter Reversals blog post helpful! It specifically references the b/d confusion that is so common, although the tips are applicable for any pair of letters or numbers a child may have problems with.

Sam Marriott

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Wonderful program! Highly recommend

Robin E.

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Thank you, Sam!

Sarah

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My son is going to love these! Thank you!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Sarah!

Amanda K

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The tricky lower case activities, which my son enjoyed. He’s able to recognize different fonts without any hesitation now..we did go over the activities together a few times, but he’s got it down wonderfully now! Thank you

Robin E.

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I’m so pleased to hear these activities were helpful for your son in mastering the look of letters in different fonts, Amanda! Thank you for letting us know!

Asif

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it is awesome n thanks a lot to have it for me too

Stacey

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Thank you so much for this resource! I wish I had this when my oldest was learning to read because these letters definitely were confusing when they show up differently in every book! Now I can use this with my next two readers! We love All About Reading and my oldest has used it from the beginning and is about to start Level 4! Thanks for such a great resource!!!

Robin E.

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You’re so welcome, Stacey! I’m sorry our oldest child had trouble with these letters; so many students do. Hopefully this will help your younger children have confidence with different fonts in different books!

dawn

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Just wanted to say thank you for all the help, my son and nephew are dyslexics and these have helped tremendously

Robin E.

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I’m glad to hear these have helped, Dawn! Thank you for letting us know. ?

Asma

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Thank you for this! Really helpful!

Marissa Stewart

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I love the formula you’ve created for the kiddos to learn – and have fun doing it!!

Jessica

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My son has trouble with these letters. He always says “mommy that’s not how we write letter ____” thank you for this!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Jessica. A lot of children have trouble with the differing fonts for these letters. Hopefully this will clear it up for your son.

Jill

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What a great idea! This will help my kiddos recognize letters in any format now.

Jennifer

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Love this!

Sonja Rapson

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I love the simplicity of this program. The kids love the short lessons and it feels like play. Amazed at the effectiveness.

Robin E.

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It sounds like the program is working out so well for you, Sonja! That’s wonderful.

As we are just starting out my son is really struggling with the lowercase a and being able to find it in books.

Robin E.

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Hopefully, this helps, Brandy. The different fonts of A and other letters can be quite a problem for some kids. Let me know how it goes and if you need more help or ideas.

Sherry

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Great ideas for my kindergarten classroom!

Robin E.

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I’m glad this will be helpful for your class, Sherry! I’d love to hear if it is helpful for your students.