Prevent “b” and “d” Confusion Early… Quick Tips

Following up with Tracing the ABC’s tips about coming up with little sayings to help form the letters, I wanted to share a COUPLE quick tips about differentiating “b” and “d” because they are so easily confused among young learners….

Every time I draw lowercase “b” I say a phrase I picked up from Shannon Hannaman (K Teacher- Baton Rouge)  “Baby ‘b’ fits inside of Momma ‘B’s Belly.”  This phrase has never let me down.  Once kids learn this phrase they seem to automatically know “b” from “d”  – You can also say “Baby ‘d’ doesn’t fit in Daddy “D”s belly.”  Ooh, and maybe “Papa ‘P’ and Princess ‘p’ wait patiently in line.”

I also wrote the word “bed” on an old little tikes bed and it is a word that will be ingrained in my kid’s minds from seeing it so often.



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Please continue commenting with your experiences…. I love to hear this and it gives me some tips for my little one too 🙂  What are your tips to differentiate “p” and “q”?

A Mommy Teacher named Meg shared this comment yesterday  on the Tracing The ABC’s Book Post– “Just wanted to say that I purchased this yesterday, printed it off, laminated it at home and my 3 year old did every single letter!  I did not expect that at all.  I thought she would get bored, but she loved doing it!  And we had fun coming up with little sayings about each letter (P was a man and then he put his hat on, etc).”

So maybe if “p” is a man/”Papa P” who puts his hat on then “q” is a queen whose hair flips out ! Share Your  Thoughts…. 🙂



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