• English
    • English Pre-K
      • Unit 1: Early Literacy Skills
        • ABCs
          • Pre-writing Activities
          • Letter A
          • Letter B
          • Letter C
          • Letter D
          • Letter E
          • Letter F
          • Letter G
          • Letter H
          • Letter I
          • Letter J
          • Letter K
          • Letter L
          • Letter M
          • Letter N
          • Letter O
          • Letter P
          • Letter Q
          • Letter R
          • Letter S
          • Letter T
          • Letter U
          • Letter V
          • Letter W
          • Letter X
          • Letter Y
          • Letter Z
        • Phonological Awareness
          • Rhyming Words
          • Letter Sounds B, C, D, and F
          • Letter Sounds G, H, J, and K
          • Letter Sounds L, M, N, and P
          • Letter Sounds Q, R, S, and T
      • Unit 2: Vocabulary
        • Common Words
          • Sorting Words into Categories
          • Color Words
          • Verbs and Adjectives
        • Sight Words
          • Sight Words 'I' and 'Can'
          • Sight Words 'You' and 'Like'
      • Unit 3: Print Awareness
        • Parts of a Book
          • Working with a Book
          • Spaces Between Words
          • Text and Illustrations
        • Picture Books and Poems
          • Picture Book Text Features
          • Poem Text Features
        • Signs and Labels in the Community
      • Unit 4: Reading Literature
        • Questions About Stories
        • Discussing Stories
      • Unit 5: Reading Informational Texts
        • Retelling Details in a Text
        • Questions About a Text
        • Connections Between Events
        • Text Features
        • Describing Illustrations
  • Math
    • Math for Pre-Kindergarten
      • Unit 1: Logic and Geometry
        • Matching and Sorting
          • Same and Different
          • Which One Is a Little Different?
          • Objects That Go Together
          • Sorting by Color and Size
          • Sorting The Same Group in Different Ways
          • Patterns
        • Shapes
          • Shapes in Our Environment
          • Naming Shapes Regardless of Size
          • Making Shapes in Preschool
          • Comparing Shapes
          • Relative Positions
          • Sorting Shapes

Letter D

Is your child ready to learn a new letter this week? Say adios to the letter C, and welcome the letter D. Together, you will learn all your kid needs to know about the fourth letter of the alphabet. One thing we always recommend doing is keeping the letter under study in sight. For example, as we mentioned in previous articles, it is very beneficial to have a whiteboard or chalkboard around the study area, with the letter of the week written in big colorful letters on it. To help your child in establishing a good hold of the letter D, its name, shape and sound, you can offer them to do some activities together to help them soak up all the knowledge they need at this stage. 

Activities

One of the most basic practices you can do with your child to help them learn a letter is engage in meaningful conversation about it. For the letter D, make sure you ask them to describe what the letter looks like and what it reminds them of. For instance: the letter D has one straight line and one curved line.

Watch a video on the “Letter D” to engage your child with stimulating animations while also delivering useful information.

Print out these worksheets from the Kids Academy website: 

  • Letter D Tracing Paper: this worksheet helps your child learn how to trace the uppercase and lowercase forms of the letter Dd. This practice will help them differentiate between the lowercase d and b since they closely resemble each other. The worksheet also provides them with an exercise where they trace the first letter of words that start with the letter D, in this case the words “duck” and “dolphin”, to help them relate the shape of the letter to the sound.

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  • Letter D coloring Sheets: besides teaching letters, these worksheets are also perfect to unleash your child’s inner artist. The first exercise consists of coloring in the letter D to familiarize your kid with the shape of the letter. In the second exercise, they can practice the sounds the letter makes through identifying the images of a dog and a door, then coloring them in.

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Incorporating crafts and play into the learning curriculum encourages the child throughout the learning process and helps with information retention. There are many various activities for learning the letters of the alphabet. Here are some ideas you could use to teach your child the letter D: 

  • Write a bubble letter D on a big cardboard, get some yellow craft feathers and have your child glue them on the letter. Then, draw some eyes and a beak to make a duck.

  • Print out the letter D in different colors and let the child match the color of crafting pom poms to the color of the letter D.

  • Print out the letter D and trace it with pictures of objects that start with the letter D. Make sure to say the name of each object while placing it on the letter and to point out the fact that it starts with the letter D.

  • Print a paper with random letters on it and ask your child to find and circle the letters D.

By the end of the week, your child will be able to identify the letter D in its upper- and lowercase forms and pick up on its sound in any word they hear.

For more lessons on Pre-K English Language Arts, refer to the interactive catalog below.