It is not uncommon for children up to age 7 to experience reversals while reading and printing. A handy tool to alleviate this issue is to show your child how to form a “bed” with your left and right hands.

Form a bed with your hands as illustrated. While holding up your left hand say, “Here is letter b, which makes the sound /b/, as in the beginning of the word bed; notice the stick and circle.”

Then, while holding up your right hand, say, “Here is letter d, which makes the sound /d/, as in the end of the word bed; notice the stick and circle.”

Mention that hands are always with us as we read or write, and, while at school, we can place our hands discreetly in our laps when trying to figure out if we’re looking at a b or a d.

You may wish to mention that the hands form a “fairy tale bed” with the thumbs as posts because posts are not often on beds in today’s world.

 

Image ©Susan Young Hoffman 2016

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