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Old 02-19-2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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helping DC distinguish between d and b- any tips

DD is really struggling with telling the lower case d and b apart. Does anyone have any tips for teaching this?

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Old 02-19-2013, 03:56 PM   #2
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Re: helping DC distinguish between d and b- any tips

DS did the same thing. For a long time I had "Dd" written on our white board along with "Bb." When he'd get it wrong I'd say, "look at the board, which letter is that?" Seemed to work for him
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Yup. Have her hold both her hands in a thumbs up position. Turn the fits toward each other. Notice how the right hand looks like a d and the left a b. Touch the fists together. Now, you have what could be a bed. The headboard is left hand (b) and the foot board is the right hand (d). So... it is a bed made with your hands. The b is on the side where the b would be in the word and the d is at the end like in the word bed. Hopefully, that makes sense. My son is 7 and I still sometimes see him put his hands up. It works like a charm. You might be able to find this on google to see if you need to. I would find a link, but I need to leave.

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Old 02-19-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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Re: helping DC distinguish between d and b- any tips

I was going to post the same as Heather...the bed thing...

b e d

If it helps her she/you can draw this on a piece of paper/whiteboard. If you do it the opposite way, you cannot make the bed.

d e b
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Yup. Have her hold both her hands in a thumbs up position. Turn the fits toward each other. Notice how the right hand looks like a d and the left a b. Touch the fists together. Now, you have what could be a bed. The headboard is left hand (b) and the foot board is the right hand (d). So... it is a bed made with your hands. The b is on the side where the b would be in the word and the d is at the end like in the word bed. Hopefully, that makes sense. My son is 7 and I still sometimes see him put his hands up. It works like a charm. You might be able to find this on google to see if you need to. I would find a link, but I need to leave.

Hope that helps!
I loooove this! I have been having this problem with my 7 year old for about a year. So glad I found this thread.
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Re: helping DC distinguish between d and b- any tips

We are just starting The Spalding Method, and they talk about how when you make the B sound your mouth forms a line. I have my DD rub her finger across her lips when she makes the B sound to feel that it's a straight line. When you make the lower case b, you write the line first.

I do really like the bed thing, too!
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Yup. Have her hold both her hands in a thumbs up position. Turn the fits toward each other. Notice how the right hand looks like a d and the left a b. Touch the fists together. Now, you have what could be a bed. The headboard is left hand (b) and the foot board is the right hand (d). So... it is a bed made with your hands. The b is on the side where the b would be in the word and the d is at the end like in the word bed. Hopefully, that makes sense. My son is 7 and I still sometimes see him put his hands up. It works like a charm. You might be able to find this on google to see if you need to. I would find a link, but I need to leave.

Hope that helps!
LOVE this. Thank you. Nikolas has been struggling and I didn't know how to help him.
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I teach my kids that a lowercase d cannot make a upper B, only the lowercase b can. So...if they can add the loop and can it a B.....than its a b.
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Re: helping DC distinguish between d and b- any tips

For my oldest, who got annoyed with herself, I'd say "D loves his daddy and Baby b runs away" as I drew Bb and Dd.

With my current 5yo, though, I just say, "whoops, that's a [whatever letter]" and he fixes it to the correct one.
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For my oldest, who got annoyed with herself, I'd say "D loves his daddy and Baby b runs away" as I drew Bb and Dd.

With my current 5yo, though, I just say, "whoops, that's a [whatever letter]" and he fixes it to the correct one.
Oh how things change as we have more children. I love the honestly in this.
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