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Correcting Letter Reversals

 

To purchase our Multisensory Correcting Letter Reversals Package, for just $3.97 click here

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TO PARENTS AND TEACHERS, here's more about this INSTANT DOWNLOAD Package:

Why did the folks at Candy 4WAY Phonics create this printable resource package entitled: Correcting Letter Reversals Package and price it at just $3.97?

 

 
We priced this package at just $3.97 to make it affordable for everyone. We created this package because a number of children have trouble with letter reversals all the way up until the third grade. When a child reverses letters, especially bs and ds, as well as ps, qs and gs, and sometimes ws and ms, that child is experiencing difficulty distinguishing the correct position, direction, and spacing of letter parts. He often has a question in his mind: Is the circle in the letter d to my left or to my right of the straight line? or Is the straight line sticking down from the letter p located above the line on the paper or below the line on the paper?

On the other hand, its actually quite natural for children to be confused about some letter positions. Letters like b, d, p, q, g, m, w do, indeed, have similar shapes and positions, and young children do not naturally distinguish their differences. Children often view objects all at once in three dimensions, so viewing letters in two dimensions is new to them.   

 

For example, if a chair has been knocked down and is resting on its side, a child will simply pick up the chair and place it upright so she can sit down. She wont stop to notice if the chair is facing sideways or upside down when she finds it, shell just put it in the position that enables her to sit down.  Furthermore, she will see all the dimensions of the chair all at once.  To her, the top of the chair is the chair, the side of the chair is the chair, and the back of the chair is the chair.  The whole thing is the chair, so any part of the chair is the chair -- it doesn't matter in what position the chair is found.

Likewise, this is the way young children view letters. Children do not naturally notice the position of letters or the curves of letters or whether one letter is facing the opposite direction from another letter. A child just sees a whole letter. Likewise, when a child prints a letter, he simply draws the letter in some kind of position on the line in order to get it down in print and move on. He may not realize that a b should be facing the opposite direction from a d or that a g should be facing the opposite direction from a p. He may not realize that a g has a curve at the bottom and that a p does not. He may not see that even though a g and a q are both facing the same direction, that the g has a curved line at the bottom and the q does not.

However, although it is normal for young children ages 3 through 8 to sometimes miss these letter distinctions, some children continue to confuse b and d; they continue to confuse p q and g, and they continue to confuse m and w. In other words, they continue to consistently, almost all the time, confuse these letters. These students often continue to have questions such as: Is the circle in the letter d to my left or to my right of the straight line? or Is the straight line in the letter p above the line on the paper or below the line on the paper?

This is why it is important for us to head off these seeing and writing troubles early on by offering letter-reversal activities as soon as a child begins to write his letters.  Thus, activities and multisensory tools that help children see the correct positions of letters can often eliminate potential problems before they have a chance to take root. Furthermore, older children that have not had adequate practice distinguishing between similar-shaped, letters need to stop and take the time to learn to read and write letters correctly.

For this reason, we at Candy 4WAY Phonics have put together this Letter Reversal Multisensory package entitled: The Multisensory Correcting Letter Reversals Package.

This Printable INSTANT DOWNLOAD Resource contains:

 

* Multisensory Letter Reversal Wall Cards illustrating the most commonly reversed letters

 

* Dot-to-dot Multisensory Handwriting Sheets for the most commonly reversed letters

 

* The Letter Reversal Matching Game

 

* Large, Printable Letter Cards

 

* Twenty Letter Reversal Activity Worksheets

 

* Coloring Pages for the most commonly reversed letters

 

* Many Tactile and Kinesthetic Activity Ideas

 

 


It is important to remember that much of what a child learns and remembers is based upon his past experiences and perceptions (those conclusions he reaches and the pictures he paints in his mind of people and events). One analogy would be when a child listens to a story read aloud. As he listens, he creates perceptions of what he hears, and those perceptions help him to understand and remember what he hears. He is then free to relate those perceptions to other perceptions he has stored away in his memory.

In fact, this is why it is so important whenever we are teaching a child to comprehend what she hears or reads, that we ask that child not just basic questions such as: Who? What? and When? but also questions such as: Have you ever been in a dark room similar to the one in which this little boy found himself? or Why do you think the little girl enjoyed slurping up the peanut butter topping her mother poured on top of her ice cream? Do you know anyone else who likes ice cream with peanut butter topping? These inferential questions enable a child to learn, picture, remember and relate with what she hears and reads.)

So it is with letter reversals. Just as inferential questions help a child retain what he reads and hears others read to him, so, also, the use of multisensory tools and written, physical, and game-centered practice centered around those tools can help a child retain the correct position of letters.  As a child continues learning, picturing, remembering and relating with those letters that tend to get reversed such as: b, d, g, p, and q, he eventually remembers how to read and write them correctly; he eventually develops a proper perception for the correct position of letters and their parts.

Therefore, we are delighted to offer this affordable, printable, letter reversal package. It is our hope that children who struggle with letter reversals will find their way through the process of correction and come out the other end feeling smart, dripping with courage, and bubbling over with an ever-increasing confidence in their reading skills.

Sincerely,
Carol Kay, President
Candy 4WAY Phonics

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