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Old 05-02-2003, 02:52 PM
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Question How to remember the difference between b and d

My son is 5 1/2 years old and is in kindergarten.

He has trouble differentiating between b and d (lowercase only). He has trouble when he is writing and reading the letters.

Can anyone tell me if there is a little trick to help kids remember the difference?

Thanks for your help.

Old 05-02-2003, 04:42 PM
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'Make a bed' with your fists- Palms toward you, push fists together and put thumbs up as 'bedposts'- The left fist now looks like a 'b' and your right fist looks like a 'd'
Also helps in 'fancy' restaurants- your 'b' thumb points to your bread plate, your'd' thumb points to your drink!! Prevents using the wrong dinnerware!!
Old 05-02-2003, 06:54 PM
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Old 05-02-2003, 08:09 PM
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I had a few Kindergarten students with this same problem. We drew our 'b' and 'd' as pictures. The 'b' was a bear's belly and the 'd' was a dinosaurs back. We had fun drawing the pictures and it was mentally easier for the kids to remember with the picture/word association.
Old 05-06-2003, 05:34 AM
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This is not an uncommon problem for this age group. Keep praticing--but don't stress out, because it is developmental.
Old 05-07-2003, 12:26 PM
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b and d

we write from left to right - if your son remembers to make a b - make the bat then the ball - to make a d - make the dog then the tail.
a special ed teacher told me that once, it really works for me.
Old 06-01-2003, 11:32 AM
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Thumbs up Dif between b & d

Hi there,
It's easy to let youngesters imagine that b is for a baby inside mummy's belly like b and d is like a clown's big red nose!

Hope it works.
Old 06-01-2003, 08:42 PM
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b and d

yes, def. developmental. I have had second graders continue to battle with this problem. I do the " draw a bat I and then add the ball o that will make a b. I tell them to play baseball first you need a bat, then you need a ball. for d just tell them first you nee a drum o, and then you need a stick I making a d. I write it down and let them keep it with them at all times. Good luck. It is good that you are aware, but don't worry too much.

difference, remember

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