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E Words for Kids

Let’s explore all the excellent E words for kids! With every exceptional word, you are sure to enthusiastically enjoy yourself.

Did you enjoy that? The letter E comes with lots of great E words and is a really fun letter to learn along with your students.

Today, I’ve got E words for preschool, kindergarten, beginning readers, elementary, and advanced students. I hope you are able to find something fun and useful from this resource.

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The Sounds of E

But before we begin with all the excellent E words, let’s dive into the sounds that E makes. E is one of the simpler vowels because is has two main sounds: the short or long sound.

The long E sound says its name /ee/ as in the words he, we, be. The short vowel sound says /eh/ as in end, egg, and men.

The Sounds of E:

  • /ee/ as in she, he, we
  • /eh/ as in red, ten, end

Note: As with many letters in the English language, there are variations and exceptions (/er/ as in earth, /Ī/ as in eye, etc.). As well as, unique jobs that letter E performs, such as, preventing a word from ending in v or u, or being placed silently at the end of a word to make the vowel have a long sound. (Feel free to explore all these silent E rules).

E Words for Preschool

When you begin teaching preschoolers the letter E, start by using the short vowel sound /eh/. (This prevents letter sound confusion, as they are learning all the other letter sounds of the alphabet.)

Also, the short vowel sound /eh/ is the easiest (as far as E rules goes) and will be the sound they will first associate with E when they begin reading.

Preschoolers are new to the alphabet. With that being said, focus on fun letter recognition activities, prewriting skills, and simple E word choices.

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Here are a few E words. These use the short E sound /eh/ and are common things that preschoolers could easily identify.

Words that begin with E for Preschool:

  • Egg – I have an egg with toast every morning for breakfast.
  • Elf – The elf sat on the shelf.
  • Elephant – I saw an elephant at the zoo.
  • Elk – The elk grazed through the forest.

E Words for Kindergarten

Once kindergarteners are familiar with the alphabet and have started reading, go ahead and introduce some new e words. Here are some e word suggestions for kindergarten: some for both the short e sound and for the long E sound.

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Words that begin with E for Kindergarten: (Short E Sound)

  • End – Please go to the end of the line.
  • Ever – You are the nicest person I have ever met.
  • Exit – Please exit the building.
  • Engine – The train has an engine.
  • Elephant – The gray elephant is my favorite.
  • Elf – The elf was shy and little.
  • Elk – The elk crossed the road.

Words that begin with E for Kindergarten: Long E Sound

  • Eat – Would you like to eat lunch with me?
  • Eagle – The bald eagle is our national bird.
  • Each – Each person is important.
  • Even – I am learning about even and odd numbers.
  • East – We are driving east.

E Words for Beginning Readers

Beginning readers are learning the vowels (a, e, i, o ,u) and are starting to build words. CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words using E are a great place to start. Here are some three letter, CVC short E words:

Three letter Short ‘E’ Words

  • Web
  • Bed
  • Fed
  • Wed
  • Led
  • Red
  • Den
  • Pen
  • Hen
  • Ten
  • Men
  • Pep
  • Bet
  • Get
  • Jet
  • Let
  • Net
  • Set
  • Wet
  • Vet
  • Let
  • Yet
  • Hem
  • Gem
  • Leg
  • Peg
  • Keg
  • Beg
  • Yes
  • Gel

As kids progress in their reading skills they will learn the silent E rule #1. This rule states that a silent E at the end of a word will make the vowel in the middle of the word, have a long vowel sound. Here are some four letter words that end with the silent E:

Four Letter Words that End in Silent E

  • Bake
  • Bare
  • Bite
  • Bore
  • Cake
  • Cane
  • Cube
  • Cute
  • Case
  • Cave
  • Cove
  • Dome
  • Dime
  • Date
  • Dove
  • Dove
  • Dude
  • Dine
  • Fame
  • Fore
  • Fate
  • Game
  • Gate
  • Gave
  • Give
  • Hat
  • Hope
  • Jute
  • Kite
  • Lake
  • Lace
  • Late
  • Lime
  • Lose
  • Love
  • Make
  • More
  • Mane
  • Maze
  • Mode
  • Name
  • Note
  • Nose
  • Page
  • Pace
  • Pane
  • Pine
  • Pipe
  • Ride
  • Ripe
  • Robe
  • Rose
  • Tone
  • Zone

E Words for Elementary Students

With elementary kids, you can learn all sorts of exciting words that start with e. Here are some e word suggestions for elementary aged kids as well as sentences you can use for context:

Words that begin with E for Elementary:

  • Exam – We have a math exam in the morning.
  • Eagle – The bald eagle is my favorite bird.
  • Eight – There are eight days until my birthday
  • Exercise – I exercise everyday to train for the marathon.
  • Eggplant – We grow purple eggplant in our garden.
  • Erase – Jack and I will erase the chalkboard after class.
  • Enjoy – I enjoy strawberries with my ice cream.
  • Earth – The earth is round.
  • Elevator -She took the elevator to the tenth floor.
  • Enter – The bride will enter through the back doors.
  • Every – Make sure you feed your dog every day.
  • Elbow – My elbow is aching.
  • Envelope – I put a letter in an envelope and sealed it shut.
  • Electricity – Electricity makes life quite convenient.
  • Event – In the event that I don’t make it home in time, will you make dinner?
  • Easel – The easel held her most recent painting.

Challenging E Words for Kids

Looking for some longer, more challenging E words for kids? Check out these advanced E words for Kids:

Challenging E words for Kids:

  • Ecstatic – The kids were ecstatic when they saw the inflatable bounce house.
  • Eventful – This has been a very eventful day.
  • Economy – The economy is struggling under the weight of inflation.
  • Economical – The economical forecast is not looking too good.
  • Eloquent – The eloquent speaker inspired the audience.
  • Entertaining – We will be entertaining the guests at tonight’s party.
  • Excellent – She was an excellent painter.
  • Extraordinary – Climbing Mt. Everest was an extraordinary feat.
  • Expressive – Her writing was detailed and expressive.
  • Efficient – They were more efficient as a team.
  • Exceptional – Her voice was exceptional throughout the performance.
  • Emergency – He stayed calm during the emergency.
  • Encourage – I want to encourage you to use your talents.
  • Exciting – Birthday parties are exciting.
  • Enthusiastic – Her enthusiastic attitude motivated the team.
  • Experienced -I have experienced many hardships this past year.

The Ultimate E Words for Kids

Whether you are doing preschool at home or helping your elementary aged student write a paper or poem, here is a huge list of E Words for kids that you can choose from (along with sentence ideas):

  • Eat – What would you like to eat for lunch?
  • Egg – The cookie recipe calls for one cup of milk and an egg.
  • Elf – The Christmas elf sat on the fireplace mantle.
  • End – The end of the book was thrilling.
  • Each – Please give each child a pencil and a piece of paper.
  • Ever – The king and queen lived happily ever after.
  • Exit – Please exit the building stage right.
  • Even – It was so hot, even the baby was sweating.
  • Eye – The dog had one blue eye and one brown eye.
  • Elk – The field was full of elk.
  • Elm – The Elm tree shaded their yard in the summer and kept it cool.
  • Ease – I put my feet up and enjoyed the ease of the afternoon.
  • Etch – Want to etch our names in the tree?
  • Earl – She married an Earl and instantly gained status.
  • Echo – I love to hear my voice echo in the recital hall.
  • Euro – Will you give me a Euro?
  • Exam – The exam will take place tomorrow at noon.
  • East – The sun rises in the east.
  • Eagle – The eagle majestically soared over the mountain peaks.
  • Eight – There are eight cookies left.
  • Event – We are going to a family event at our church.
  • Erase – I am going to erase what I wrote and start over.
  • Enter – Enter the building quietly.
  • Expert – He is an expert in engineering.
  • Enjoy – I plan to enjoy this quiet evening at home.
  • Eager – She was eager to read her new library book.
  • Earth – The earth faithfully spins on its axis.
  • Eject – The DVD player will eject the disk if you push the red button.
  • Elate – I felt elate when they surprised me for my birthday.
  • Elastic – The elastic in my waist band is wearing thin.
  • Easel – I have an easel in my art studio that I use for painting.
  • Engine – The truck engine was loud.
  • Earrings – My mother gave me a pair of diamond earrings.
  • Eggplant – Eggplant and asparagus are two of my favorite vegetables.
  • Elevator – The elevator took me to the second floor.
  • Envelope – I put the card in the envelope and sealed it with wax.
  • Elbow – My elbow got hurt in the fall.
  • Element – I enjoy an element of surprise.
  • Electricity – We need electricity to power our house.
  • Enchiladas – The fresh enchiladas were hot of bubbly.
  • Encyclopedia – We keep an encyclopedia on hand at all times.
  • Exercise – I am going to the gym to exercise.
  • Elephant – I once saw an elephant on a safari in Africa.
  • Earphones – She uses her earphones when she listens to music.
  • Easter – Easter is my favorite holiday.
  • Eggshell – I helped my mom peel the eggshell off of the egg.
  • Europe – Germany is located in Europe.
  • Ecstatic – She was ecstatic when she found out that she had won first place.
  • Eventful – We had an eventful morning.
  • Economy – Our economy is improving.
  • Economical – His economical resources were dwindling.
  • Eloquent – She was eloquent and poised.
  • Entertaining – The comedian was funny and entertaining.
  • Excellent – This dinner tastes excellent.
  • Extraordinary – He is an extraordinary pianist.
  • Expressive – The baby had a very expressive face.
  • Efficient – The contractor was efficient and the house was built on time.
  • Exceptional – A pregnant woman has an exceptional sense of smell.
  • Emergency – The emergency responders arrived as fast as they could.
  • Encourage – Encourage others and they will encourage you.
  • Exciting – The teacher told an exciting and adventurous story to her class.
  • Enthusiastic – the enthusiastic cheerleaders kept the crowd entertained.
  • Experienced – He is an experienced writer.

E Word Activities for Kids

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  • Build E Words With Scrabble Letters: Get the game of Scrabble or purchase some scrabble letters. Give your kids words from your E words list and have them practice spelling the words by using the letters given. For older kids, you can say the word out loud and have the child spell it. However, if your kids are younger, you can write it down and have them copy what they see.
  • Have Fun with Foods That Begin with E: Brainstorm a list of foods that start with the letter E and then see if you can make a snack or meal with those items. What did you come up with? Eggs on an English muffin? Eggnog with an Eclair? Enchiladas with a side of Eggplant? There are lots of possibilities with foods that being with e. So, get creative and have fun!

  • Read Books With E Words: Find your favorite Letter E Book List and make a trip to the library! If you don’t have a list, look for alphabet books or books that highlight words that begin with E, for example, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, or The Empty Pot by Demi

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