How to help with d and b mix-ups

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  1. tb33

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    Are there any tricks to help 5/6 year olds remember which way their lowercase d and b go?
     
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    I just thought of this...
    How about the lower case Dd dances facing the Upper case D?
    You have Dd, IF you write them together all the time while you are teaching them.
    .....AND.......:cool:
    The lower case Bb marches forward with his back towards the Upper case B and thus you have Bb, IF you always write them together while teaching them.
    I hope these would be of any help at all.
    I use to teach my son and daughter that 6 has a butt and 9 has a head. :D
    Good luck,
    Rebel1
     
  4. MissR

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    Make sure they have the alphabet visible for reference.

    The word "bed" looks like a bed. I knew a teacher that had a big poster of the word "bed" that was all pretty like a bed and she had it in the front of the classroom to help the kids. It's just another reference for them...if they know it says bed, then they know b is first and must face that way.
     
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    You can also make b and d with your fingers by putting your thumb and index finger together. They go in alphabetical order.

    Also, if you erase the top "bump" on a B you have a lowercase b (that's how I remembered it when I was little).
     
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    i was taught this with the word

    bed

    ....the shape of the word makes a bed
     
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    I've used all the ones mentioned yet this year more than usual seem to be having difficulty with it. So, I pointed out to them that 'b' comes before 'd' and is looking at the other letters. What has really helped was telling them 'b' is carrying a backpack on his back, 'd' is playing a drum.
     
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    the b and d like to face each other to talk in the alphabet.
     
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    handwriting clues

    I tell my kinders that b is a bat with a baseball (making the bat first) and d is a doggy head with one tall ear (again, making the doggy head first).
     
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    Here's another one I came up with...
    b has a belly
    AND...
    d is dragging his butt! :D(Bottom)
    :angel:
    Rebel1
     
  12. monkeygirl

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    handwriting without tears has the students start the lowercase b at the top, stick first and then the small c shape

    the lowercase d starts with the small c shape and then the stick.

    This really helped my kids figure it out, they know that d starts like a c ..... and that b starts up tall!
     
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    the bed poster is available at reallygoodstuff.com They also have a p and q poster.
     
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    I have tried several of the above methods. What I have found to be most successful was the following:
    When seeing the stright line of the "b," get the mouth set in a straight line as one does when making the /b/ sound. The /d/ sound starts with more of an open (rather circular) mouth.

    Good luck!
     
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    The "bed" thing worked really well when I taught 1st grade last year. They were struggling with their b's and d's so I put that poster up. After that, I would see them look up at the poster when they got to a b or d when reading out loud. Eventually, no one looked at the poster and could just read without that problem. :)
     

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