b vs. d and a few other things

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  1. WaterfallLady

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    I'm teaching students who finished kindergarten in summer school. They are all behind, especially in reading and maturity.

    They all have a hard time with d vs. b. I've never encountered this problem. I usually teach 6-12 grade. Does anyone know of any ideas to help? I don't know of a lot of resources for kindergarten.

    I'd also love pre-primer/ primer sight word resources and phonics resources. I've Googled, but iit's always better out of the horse's mouth. Thanks :)
     
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    Use your hands to make a b and d then put them together to make a bed. (B is left hand and D is right hand).

    B is like a baseball and bat, D is like a donut.

    But it is not uncommon for kids to mix up b/d until they are around 7. So kids just finishing up K will still be mixing up these letters.
     
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    I'm known for singing dorky songs to help my middle schoolers and high schoolers remember things. It might benefit the little guys to get used to it now!
     
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    The little guys will probably love it!
     
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    I always teach my kids b- first bat then ball
    d- first drum, then drumstick. It works for most of them, but switching b and d is common until 2nd grade.
     
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    Making the little bed with your hands also tells you where to put the Bread plate and the Drinking glass on a place setting. Haha!
     
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    I've taught that to so many people at weddings and other events when the bread plate, drink thing gets confusing!:cool:
     
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    Haha, me, too! Before I knew this trick, I would have to wait for my seat neighbor to eat bread or drink, so I would not take the wrong glass/plate.
     
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    Honestly, I can't find anything to fix this mix-up! I have tried the finger trick, the bed trick, the ball and bat-everything! I remember getting these two mixed up when I was younger, too. I think they just need time and with repeated reading and writing practice, it will come.
     
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    I taught it today. We colored a bat before ball coloring page, and a donut before door coloring page. We sang the song. We traced. We searched for bs among ds on a worksheet and when we were done, I practiced b's reminding them, bat before ball bat before ball. I showed them on the board.

    And guess what two of the three of them did?
    They wrote d's.

    They are very immature, so maybe their brains aren't ready for this yet.
     

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