So, onto my post idea! Do you have a magic trick for b and d reversals? I am tutoring two students who flip them and will interchange them when reading and writing! Furthermore, in 2nd Grade it is still "common" for a few 7 and 8 year old students to reverse b and d. Over the years, I have collected a few tricks and tools to put in my Resource Bag! Here are a few:
- b and d with fists aka Thumbs Up!- the student puts up his or fists on each hand to make a b with the left hand and a d with the right hand. It can be also pointed out the b is first in the alphabet and it is also first when you put up you b and d on you fists!
- b and d with pointer and thumb-the student uses his/her pointer finger and brings it down to touch his/her extended thumb (the pointer finger should make a circle shape when it touches the thumb).
- b and d on sand paper letters (the preschool student I work with is a top fan of these)- On the sand paper letters there are green and red dots, arrows, and numbers to indicate where to start, form the letter and where to stop.
- sky write b and d-make sure to use a "sharpened finger pencil" and use big arm movements to make a b and d in the sky while saying the letter
- table top or desk top b and d-make a b and d with pointer on a desk or table surface while saying the letter.
- c comes before d-if students remember that c comes before d than they can make the c first and add the stick to form the d.
- mouth positions-have students use what position their mouth is in when they make the b and d sound- b-closed d-open
- bat/ball, doorknob/door-teach students to make the b first they make the bat then the ball. For the d first they make the doorknob and then add the door.
- gel bags- make b and d in a baggie filled with gel
- shaving cream-make b and d in a shaving cream (and clean the desk at the same time)
|b and d poster|