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My 6 year old is having the hardest time getting those letters right! Does anyone have some good ideas to help with this??

by on Sep. 12, 2011 at 1:44 PM
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by Welcome Squad on Sep. 26, 2011 at 5:05 PM

I was dyslexic & a specialist created a little story about each commonly reversed letter. I was 6 & still remembered them! I made these little poster helpers for my kids.

When we write the lower case "b" we must 1st remember to swat the mad bee with a stick, line down then circle b around, see how the stick hits that bee in the butt? lol

When we write the lower case "d", we must remember our dog comes 1st & he is carrying his favorite stick.

"p" was about drawing the long hair of the Princess 1st.

Hope this helps!!

by Neely on May. 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

my 5 year old son mixes them up sometimes as well...i just try to correct it and carry on

by Helping Hands on May. 29, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Take a look at for kindergarten they have a little chart that the kids can practice with and a fun slap game.  It has helped my 8 yo son immensely!

by Testing the waters on Nov. 28, 2012 at 1:31 AM

My son did the same thing.  He was having that same challenge.  I'm currently doing a spelling program that uses sound cards and tiles to spell.  It starts out with the sound of the letter first but make sure he says it correctly.  then go with tiles.  He spells out words with the first few lettters he knows that maybe start out with the sound /b/. When he spells it out have him (you could use pennies) segment the word so sound out each letter.  You could concentrate on the /b/ sound the first day then the second day do the /d/ sound and the third day do the /p/ sound.  on the 4th and 5th day you could bring it together by doing it all what he has learned the first 3 days.  Then have him write the word out with those particular letters he's been having a challenge with.  I hope that helps.

by Helping Hands on Nov. 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

It is normal. If it never changes then its something to look into but at his age it happens. Just review the steps of the letters with him. Like when you are writing a b what comes first the line or the half circle, and with a d what comes first and what direction is the half circle in, in a p where is the line going up or down.  Eventually it will be come like brushing his teeth.  Now if he has had more than 2 years of writing instruction and it has not changed then you might want to look at other things going on, he may have Dyslexia.  But right now i would not worry about it. 

by Welcome Squad on Nov. 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

This is normal. My dd mixes them up too. She also gets 12 and 21 mixed up at times.

by Testing the waters on Nov. 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM
My daughter is in kindergarten and write some of her letters and numbers mirrored. For the b, d, p and q we use the bed illustration but add a purple quilt for the p and q.
by Welcome Squad on Aug. 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

My son is about to start his 3rd grade curriculum and he still does that sometimes.  He also does it with  his 9's and P's.  We work on it,  it doesn't happen nearly as often as it used to.  The teachers response to it seems bizarre considering he is only 6 and I am assuming in the 1st grade.  I wouldn't worry about it.  It is hard when you go through a Charter or K12 because you can get these pressures from teachers about certain things.  I enrolled my child in an on sight math games class last year at their charters campus and the teacher pulled me aside after class one day and proceeded to give me a lecture about how my kids who were only half way through their 2nd grade year should know their multiplication facts.  I had just started introducing the concept of multiplication to them at that point.  Everyone has their own ideas I suppose.  I often have to remind myself of why I homeschool.  I love the fact that  I have the freedom to take things slower if necessary.  Which is what we had to do for 2nd grade Math.  Your child will get there probably with in a year or two.  I wouldn't worry about it if I was you.  Good luck:)

by Welcome Squad on Aug. 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Could he have dislexia
by Welcome Squad on Aug. 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

at 6 I would not worry in the least. There is some technical explaination as to why most kids do this... but I can't recall that now or go look to find the info. It can persist thru elementary years - like occasionally reversing a letter. If other skills are coming along, it's no concern.

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