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The Letter Y

The-Letter-YThe letter Y makes the sound heard in the words yarn and lawyer. This is the sound you would first introduce to a child. This consonant sound ranks in the rare category along with its counterparts: qu, x and z. Interestingly it is more common to find the letter y as a vowel than a consonant. The letter Y can make the following vowel sounds:

  • Long E, e.g., heavy & body,
  • Long I, e.g., cry & buy,
  • Long A, e.g., they & prey,
  • Short I, e.g., mystic & rhythm, and
  • /oi/ sound, e.g., boy & toy.

When the letter Y follows a vowel, it is often silent, e.g., day & key. The letter Y can also make the sound as found in word polymer.

Letter Y Worksheets

Letter-Y-Worksheet-1 We created worksheets to help your child practice forming the letter y correctly. Ideally, letters should be formed from top to bottom and left to right with a continuous stroke when possible. The upper- and lowercase Y are formed the say way – slant right, lift, slant left and down.

Letter Y Worksheet 1
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter Y.

Letter Y Worksheet 2
We offer a free printable worksheet that focuses on the uppercase letter y. We encourage a child to say, trace and write the uppercase letter Y.

Letter Y Worksheet 3
We offer a free printable worksheet that focuses on the lowercase letter y. We encourage a child to say, trace and write the lowercase letter Y.

Letter Y Worksheet 4
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter Y.

Letter Y Worksheet 5
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter Y.

Letter Y Worksheet 6
We offer a free printable worksheet that encourages a child to say, trace and write the upper- and lowercase letter Y. This worksheet also includes a fun matching game.

Words with the Letter Y

The table below contains a list of letter Y words that make the /y/ consonant sound. We also indicate the location of the /y/ sound – beginning (initial), middle (medial) or ending (final).

Letter Y Words
Sound
backyardmedial sound
barnyardmedial sound
beyondmedial sound
canyonmedial sound
courtyardmedial sound
dooryardmedial sound
lawyermedial sound
layermedial sound
papayamedial sound
stockyardmedial sound
vineyardmedial sound
yachtinitial sound
yakinitial sound
yaminitial sound
yankinitial sound
Yankeeinitial sound
yardinitial sound
yardstickinitial sound
yarninitial sound
yawninitial sound
yearinitial sound
yearinitial sound
yeastinitial sound
yellinitial sound
yellowinitial sound
yelpinitial sound
yeninitial sound
yesinitial sound
yesterdayinitial sound
yetinitial sound
yewinitial sound
yieldinitial sound
yodelinitial sound
yolkinitial sound
yonderinitial sound
youinitial sound
younginitial sound
yourinitial sound
youthinitial sound
yo-yoinitial sound
yummyinitial sound

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