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KINDERGARTEN TUTORIAL LESSONS: Fun Activities and Exercises for Letter Jj

Updated on March 10, 2015
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I am a certified teacher and have been teaching for more than 30 years. I also write fiction and non-fiction stories.

The Letter Jj:

We have come this far; we are now on the 20th letter of the alphabet that I am going to talk about and this is letter Jj.

The best way to let the young kids understand Jj better is to show them an umbrella. Point to the handle and say, “The letter that we are going to learn today looks like the handle of an umbrella. This is letter Jj. And the sound of J is dza-dza-dza.” Let the children say the sound also while you listen. The purpose of listening is to find out if the kids are all saying the sound correctly.

When you have finished introducing the letter and its sound, you can now proceed to the show and tell activity.

Always have a jar or a box of things and objects that begin with the letter you are teaching.

Here are things and words that begin with Jj.

  • Jacuzzi
  • Japan
  • Japanese
  • jam
  • jack
  • jar
  • jack-o-lantern
  • jazz
  • jalousies
  • jelly
  • jellyfish
  • jig
  • joke
  • job
  • jot
  • jolly
  • jug
  • jump
  • juggler
  • just

J is for Jack-o-lantern:

J is for Jolly:

The syllables:

As the children move from one syllable to the other; they have now memorized the syllable sequence and they could recite the syllables without looking at them. But the problem is; some of the children cannot really read the syllables when they are disarranged. So this is the advantage of giving dictation exercises.

You can give dictation through board exercises or you can give it through paper work. Either way, both are effective ways of teaching reading skills to children. Sometimes I do the board exercises every day and the paper work on Friday. But you can have your own plan too according to how you see fit for the kids.

Review Lesson:

When you are finished discussing letter Jj; don’t forget to review the past lessons so that the children will not forget the other letters that they have already learned. Each time you include a new letter, let the children recite all the past letters including the new one. If you do this every day, I’m sure the children will have a good grasp of their lesson.

When the children have finished reciting the letters, you can now give them some paper works to do.

Here are some suggested activities or exercises that you can do with the children.


Exercise is a good way to start the class to pep up the children. But this is not just an exercise. Your purpose in doing the exercise is to teach the children about words that begin with J. These are some exercises that begin with J that you can have fun with the kids.

  • Jump in Jack – count 12 3 4 5 6 7 8 – 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Jumping – count as you jump – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 – 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Jogging – count as you jog – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 – 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Tracing Letter J

Of course, this is for the younger kids who do not yet know how to write the letters. By now, the children are good in tracing but they cannot yet write the letter without tracing. Always assist the kids and let them follow the lines and strokes.

Coloring Pictures that begin with J

Coloring can be done by both the younger kids and the older kids. But the younger kids have to color images that are bigger and less complicated. The older kids can color more objects.

Other activities and exercises:

  1. Encircling the correct beginning letter
  2. Matching pictures to the beginning letter
  3. Matching letters to the pictures
  4. Story time
  5. Reciting rhymes and poems
  6. Art time


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