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When do kids learn left from right?

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Asked by MythicMMM at 1:26 PM on Jun. 11, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • My daughter learned it at about 2.5, but my son was around 5.

    Answer by ColleenF30 at 1:29 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • When you teach them? I started working with my ds at 2. I know some 5 year olds that don't know. I told my ds that he "writes with his right hand".

    Answer by sadira29 at 1:29 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • Depends on the parent and child. I started describing left and right at a very early age (around 1 or so). I would describe which shoe I was putting on which foot, I would tell him which way we were turning when walking or driving, whenever I could I would say left and right while talking with him. He's almost 4 and has it down (but likes to reverse it alot, too, for fun).

    Answer by JPsMommy605 at 3:00 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • in my daughters case, around 3 1/2.
    As for myself, I still have issues (it really amuses my friends)

    Answer by ccspiratemama at 7:28 PM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • My 41 year old spouse still gets them confused...

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:36 PM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • Both my kids had it down by 2. I've talked to them since birth (never used baby talk). I'd tell them "let's put your sock/shoe on your right/left foot", "let's put your glove on your right/left hand", "let's put your right/left arm into your shirt/sweater/jacket/coat", etc. Then, I'd start asking them for their right foot or left foot so I could out their socks & shoes on, etc. By the time they were 2, they had it down perfectly.
    So, it really depends on when you start teaching it to them.

    Answer by busygoddess at 9:35 PM on Jun. 13, 2009

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