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Have heard back from school regarding dd1 reversing letters/numbers

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misdee Sat 19-Jul-08 19:44:50

and they say its nothing to worry about, and they have stragedies in place in the classroom.

i am not going to see her teacher now, and dh isnt good at passing on messages, so can anyone tell me what they might possibly be using in class to get her letters the right way round.

cornsilk Sat 19-Jul-08 19:48:48

I've not seen your other threads on this - how old is she?

windygalestoday Sat 19-Jul-08 19:49:32

maybe something as simple as a large number chart on the wall so the teacher can remind her what way round a number 3 is etc etc ..........

misdee Sat 19-Jul-08 19:50:42

she is 8, and just finishing year 3.

other thread was ages ago, have raise d af ew concerns over the year, and actually wrote it down in end of year reportfeedback form.

cornsilk Sat 19-Jul-08 19:52:26

Does she do it a lot? How is her reading and spelling?

misdee Sat 19-Jul-08 19:53:54

reading is about a year behind i think, slowly catching up.

writing is getting here slowly as well. spelling is still mainly phonetic, she is gettingbetter at actually putting her spellings she has learnt into her written work.

misdee Sat 19-Jul-08 19:54:37

dh, in-laws and myself think she does it a lot, as we are always telling her which way round they go, school says she gets it right most of the time.

cornsilk Sat 19-Jul-08 19:58:33

Right - does she get any support? Specialist teachers use wooden letters as this helps the child to use more of their senses to remember the shape of the letter. You could try this with magnetic letters if you have any - get her to set out the alphabet - you'll soon see which ones she's confusing. Get her to make them out of playdough, draw them with glitter glue and go over them when they're dry to feel the shape. Make them in a salt tray, in the air, walk the shape of the letter.

MumRum Sat 19-Jul-08 19:59:32

my DD got her letters round the wrong way till year 3... I do remember the teacher saying "a 3 is not an E"..
how old is your DD? is she left handed?

Littlefish Sat 19-Jul-08 20:02:29

You can also cut them out of sandpaper.

Ask the school if they have alphabet cards. If so, ask if they can copy one for you to have at home. Put it out each time dd is doing writing so that she can refer to it.

Are there particular letters which she gets wrong more than others? b, p, d, q are very common ones.

Write the word "bed" on a card for her and draw a person lying on top of the word (across the circle bits if you see what I mean). Show her that the circle bits must face inwards or the person can't lie on the bed.

It's hard to explain, but I hope you see what I mean).

misdee Sat 19-Jul-08 20:02:49

she is right handed.

she was taken off her IEP earlier this year as was doing well. but still has contact with the SENCo. am just wondering when to really put more emphasis on our concerns.

she loves school, and is enjoying it, but(and this sounds awful), dd2 is very smart and the gap between them is slowly closing, and dd2 is just finishing reception.

will remember that '3 is not an E' as well.

and will get some more magnetic letters and stuff.

Littlefish Sat 19-Jul-08 20:03:27

Also, attached a piece of ribbon on a stick and make her make the shapes very big in the air.

Also, with a paintbrush and water outside, let her draw very big letters and numbers on a fence, wall or paving slabs.

misdee Sat 19-Jul-08 20:04:18

she reversing b,d,q,p, 3,

all the comman ones.

cornsilk Sat 19-Jul-08 20:09:07

Get her to say the sound and the name of the letter as she makes it as well - so when she makes 'b' she says 'b' 'B'. It helps to create an automatic response to the letter.

Littlefish Sat 19-Jul-08 20:10:53

Have you seen any of her school writing Misdee? Are there many reversals?

Have you taken in a piece of writing she's done at home and compared them?

It might be worth doing it so that you can see whether the strategies (whatever they are) that they're using at school, are working. If they are, then use them at home as well.

Ask the school at what stage/age they would be concerned about the reversals.

mrz Sat 19-Jul-08 20:21:43

hold hands in front of you with palms facing then make a fist with both hands sticking the thumbs up left hand is a b right hand a d
togo go with littlefish's bed say the rhyme
to make a bed for baby
first we need a b
e comes in the middle
finish with a d

Littlefish Sat 19-Jul-08 20:24:12

Oooooh, I like that one mrz. I'm teaching yr 2 in September (after 3 yrs of nursery!). I've have to remember it.

Feenie Sat 19-Jul-08 20:37:00

I use this on the table in front of children who struggle with b and d reversal, usually helps a lot:


misdee Sat 19-Jul-08 20:39:13

i liek that one mrz.

she already does the making a L with her thumb and index finger, to see which one is her left hand.

bossybritches Sun 20-Jul-08 00:04:57

Misdee my daughter did/does EXACTLY that with her letters, she transposes them usually in the middle of a sentence, ie BRithday or surpirse and at first didn't even know where she'd got them wrong even if when pointed out to her.

Our SENCo worked with her getting her to pick out her own mistakes and recognise them as well as giving her games & strategies to cope with it. She enjoyed the one to one & it gave her confidence. The SENCo said it was a form of dyslexia just a trait not the full blown thing, and she may well have to learn to cope with it & use a spellcheck more regularly!! We did loads of games and extra reading and writing (just for fun) to help her feel at ease around words, that helped.

Anyway although not perfect her spelling is much improved and she got a grade 5 in her Y6 stats so we are VERY proud of her.blush
(sorry proud mummy hijack there)

Your little one will get there,just keep talking to the school to keep up the support.

cornsilk Sun 20-Jul-08 14:46:14

unless the SENCO is actually trained to diagnose dyslexia I would be wary of statements like that bossybritches. A lot of dyslexic girls go undiagnosed.

bossybritches Sun 20-Jul-08 20:01:19

Oh I know Cornsilk thanks- we have dsylexia in the family so it has been something we watched her for from an early age, it was puzzling as she WASN'T a true dyslexic in a lot of ways so we coldn't understand why she kept doing this one thing- as the SENCO said it's just a blindness with this one element a dyslexic trait if you like. Once we knew it was a problem we could start (with the SENCo who has been marvellous) building strategies to help her see it and manage it.

feelingharddoneby Mon 21-Jul-08 20:56:02

My school books from this sort of age had loads of reversed letters and numbers. I don't want to upset you on this but I was finally diagnosed as dyspraxic when I was 10. (That said don't be worried if she turns out to be, I am successful in my chosen career and have a string of good qualifications!!)

TsarChasm Mon 21-Jul-08 21:01:28

My dd is 6.10 and does this a lot too. Also with some numbers.

If she's not concentrating, she sometimes writes from right to left too although she doesn't do this as much as she used to.

She is very left handed though and I've wondered if it could be to do with that. She is making slow but steady progress with her reading and writing, but it's not something she finds easy.

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