# b, p, d, q

Discussion in 'Kindergarten' started by SBP0429, Dec 15, 2011.

1. ### SBP0429Rookie

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Dec 15, 2011

Does anyone have any ideas about how to teach students these letters, and remember them? I know this is just hard, but was looking for any ideas you might have??? Thanks!

3. ### czaczaMultitudinous

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Dec 15, 2011

Do you know the 'bed' trick?

Also, if you make the point or a tail at the bottom of the q, it's less confusing. Truthfully I don't see many p q issues. More often it's b d...bed helps.

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Well one thing I have seen for b and d is using left and right "thumbs up" and saying a, b (left thumb up in front of you), c, d (right thumb up in front of you. However, this only works if you have the student do it themselves and use left hand first, then right. If they are in front of you and see you do it, it will look backwards and further confuse them. I have not personally used that method, but I just try to encourage remembering which way the "tummy" points. Other than that, I don't have any great tricks for this.

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Dec 16, 2011

May be too late for this for this year, but one thing is to make sure to introduce them separately, give them time to master one before the other, teach other letters in between, then teach the second of the pair. Of course, some (if not many) kids are going to have exposure to the other letter naturally, such as through sight words or previous instruction, but separating instruction of letters can help.

Also, are you wondering in general for all kids, or do you have a particular student or two that is really struggling with it?

Looking forward to reading other suggestions as well, including the ones above!

6. ### cutNglueMagnifico

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Another idea is to provide sorting practice. Use a T chart and put the letter at the top. Talk about the features of the letter and then have find and sort them from a pile of printed letters. Review it with them and have them describe the shape and tell you the letter. I might only do it once a week or once every 2 weeks and make it a practice center activity. I wouldnt over stress it. I have lots of sorting activities we do all year long. By the end of the year, they get it. In the meantime, celebrate whatever success in that process you see.

I also do not introduce them together and I don't try to do all 4 on a chart unless I'm fairly confident they are ready and can actually do it.

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