Are your learners mixing up b and d? Try one of these tricks to end b d confusion!
I recently shared a newsletter with tips for helping kids with b and d letter reversals. Many of my readers e-mailed back with even more ideas.
I’ve put them together in this blog post. Use these ideas to clear up that b d confusion!
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How to help kids stop mixing up b and d
1 – Teach your students that you write c before you make the d.
Show them that they start out making a c, which turns into a d. Your cue could be “c the d” or “start with a c to make a d.”
2 – A classic trick is to show kids how to make a bed with their hands.
The b comes first, and the d comes second, just as in the letters of the word bed.
3 – Some people find it helpful to over-teach whatever letter the child can form with the non-dominant hand.
For example, if a child is right-handed, s/he can form a b with the fingers of the left hand. If the child is left-handed, s/he will always hold up the right hand to make a d. This is an easy, quick way for kids to check when they’re reading and writing.
4 – Teach your learners that little b fits right inside uppercase B.
5 – Some educators like to focus on where the letters form in the mouth.
You can teach your learners that when say b, their lips begin with a straight line, just as the letter b does. But when you say the letter d, your lips are open; this resembles the circle at the start of the letter d.
6 – When looking at b and d, what do you see first? A broomstick or a donut?
7 – With letter b, the bat comes before the ball.
8 – The letter b has a belly. Letter d has a diaper!
I hope that one of these does the trick for your learners! Grab the free posters below.