Letter Reversals

Just been reading an interesting article about letter reversals. Parents often notice this trend.
Here is the link if you want to read the whole article: Taken from Make, Take and Teach

Here’s how to help: The RWI cards we use provide useful rhymes to help form letters and are available from the school office. ‘Round the apple and down the leaf.’

Verbal cues are precise, specific directions to form letters and numbers. They help students remember the sequence of strokes.

Visual cues seem to be even more effective. Children study a model of the letter that includes numbered arrows. These arrows show the child the sequence and direction of each stroke in the letter. Children then cover up the model and reproduce the model from memory. For children who reverse letters, this method is the only research-based method proven to “reduce reversals substantially”

Introduce Letters in Specialized Groups

Hands down, the easiest way to prevent letter reversals is to modify the sequence in which letters are introduced to new writers. Rather than introducing letters in alphabetical order, introduce letters by the type of stroke It’s most important to teach “b” and “d” at different times. Teach the letters that begin with a stroke down (l, h, b, m, n, r, p, t). Then teach the “2 o’clock” letters: c, o, d, g, qu The genius of this sequence is that b/d and p/q are taught at different times.

Determine Hand Preference
Most children have a clear hand preference, but a few students do need help figuring out which hand is dominant. If children keep switching between their left and right hands, they’re more likely to make letter reversals Switching between hands interferes with motor memory and can cause letter reversals.

For kinesthetic learners, some writing tools seem to provide stronger feedback. Softer leads may provide greater sensory feedback to children. Similarly, traditional chalk may be preferable to whiteboard pens.

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