Comments on: b d confusion: Is it ‘b’ or ‘d’ ? Helping young readers decide http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/09/03/early-literacy-learning-the-alphabet/is-it-a-b-or-a-d-helping-young-readers-decide/ Raising Children Who Love to Read Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:51:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 By: Kay Al-Ghani http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/09/03/early-literacy-learning-the-alphabet/is-it-a-b-or-a-d-helping-young-readers-decide/#comment-3289 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 19:24:15 +0000 /?p=56#comment-3289 As a specialist teacher of more than 36 years, I often come across the age old problem of b/d reversals. If the confusion persists it can be a marker for Dyslexic difficulties. Children having to cope with this problem, very quickly develop what I call “Alphabet Phobia” and before you know it, they are reluctant learners. It is possible, by giving each letter a little personality, teaching them in a specific order, & by using my special strategies, to make the learning of all the letters unforgettable and thus enable the child to differentiate between b/d/p, etc. Mastery of these 26 letters is crucial to the development of reading, writing and spelling. To engage the children, I always start my tuition with a story about Bertie Bumble Bee who confuses his bs and ds and gets bullied by the wicked wasps, who call him Dertie DUMBle Dee! I am very fortunate to have had this published in the USA and beautifully illustrated by my son, Haitham, who has Autism.
Bertie should be buzzing onto bookshelves in a week or two. By adopting the techniques outlined in the book, your child will very soon become “alphabet smart”. Success in mastery of these letters has an immediate effect on behaviour and self esteem. I find children rapidly learn to read and an immediate improvement in quantity and quality of work can be seen. ( The book has a foreword by Dr Michael Thomson, a world renown expert in Dyslexia. )
Happy reading,
Kay Al-Ghani

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