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Letter R Worksheets & Printables

Worksheets and printables for teaching the letter R. Practice letter recognition, letter formation, handwriting, and beginning sound R. 

Although children may be able to recite the “ABCs” at a young age, letter recognition requires them to identify letters, both individually and within words, based on their physical appearance.

To teach children the letter “r,” use visual displays that they can reference, such as alphabet posters or individual alphabet charts they can keep at their table or desk. Provide them with opportunities to sort letters using magnetic letters or tiles. They can also use flashcards and letter stamps, create the letter “r” using playdough, and go on letter hunts where they search for the letter “r” on print materials in their environment.

Help children recall how to print the letter “r” by teaching them a verbal pathway. Verbal pathways provide them with a cue when they’re trying to remember the correct motions needed to form a letter. For the lowercase “r,” teach them the phrase, “Pull down, up, and over.” For the uppercase “R,” teach them the phrase, “Pull down, up, around, in, and slant down.” Recite these phrases as you model how to print the letters. Provide children with opportunities to trace the letters first, moving on to independent practice.

In addition to traditional pencil and paper activities, children can practice printing the letter “r” using materials like chalk, whiteboard markers, sand or salt trays, and fingerpaints. They can also use juggling scarves to practice the motions needed to form the letter. Becoming proficient with printing will increase their speed and accuracy when writing. It will also allow them to focus on their writing content instead of the mechanics of forming each letter.

To teach children the sound the letter “r” makes, have them associate it with familiar objects that begin with “r.” They may think of items such as rabbits, rocks, and rain. Have them fill a block letter “r” with pictures of these objects. They can refer to their block letter when they’re trying to recall the sound.

Children can also create their own personalized alphabet book. Each time a new letter is learned, they complete the appropriate page. Have them include the proper formation for both the lowercase and uppercase “r.” Next, have them draw or cut out pictures of items that begin with “r” to add to the page.

For additional practice, provide children with activities to match the letter “r” to the correct pictures. (e.g., Match “r” to the picture of a rose.) They can also color pictures that begin with “r.” (e.g., Color the road. Do not color the boy.)

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