Like many children, John Robert has a difficult time telling the difference between the lowercase letters b & d. This is very common among young children and we shouldn’t feel an urgency to fix it. Our children will discover the right way in their own time. To assist our children in their journey, here’s a fun way to help them remember the difference between the two letters.
Make a “bed” by spelling the word out either on paper, with your hands, a moveable alphabet or with sandpaper letters like we did. Find a doll or action figure that fits inside your bed to help further indicate that the letters “make” a bed. You have the mattress with the bedposts sticking up. Do you see it?
Now, give them objects that start with either “b” or “d” to sort under the correct letter. John Robert continuously forgot which one was which during the activity. I continued to remind him to say the word “bed” to find out which one was “b” and which one was “d”.
This is the first time we’ve needed rugs in our schoolroom to distinguish the boys’ working areas. I guess I’ll be buying rugs soon. Asher insisted on working right next to JR. I gave Asher the three letters he knows right now, “a”, “s”, and “o” and one object for each letter. He loves to do what JR is doing so I try to find age appropriate activities for him to do alongside John Robert. I love the photo of JR scratching his head while he’s thinking. This was a difficult activity for him and I’m proud of him working so hard at it.