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When do kids learn left from right?

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MythicMMM

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.
    ColleenF30

    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".
    sadira29

    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).
    JPsMommy605

    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)
    ccspiratemama

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

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

    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.
    busygoddess

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

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