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b vs d

b vs d is imperative to learn.  They look similar, their names sound kind of similar, and their letter sounds are even similar.

I tried teaching this awhile ago and it didn't seem to stick.  I assumed it was just going to take a lot of practice.  That is until this year.  I found something that stuck!  It is a little different but Little Dragon has not struggled at all since we identified b and d separately using this method. 

It all started when Little Dragon would always tell me butt began with b during our b week. 

This gave me an idea. 

I drew a lowercase b and a lowercase d on our white board. Little Dragon went back and fourth on which was which unable to decide with confidence. 

Then I asked him when we read a book, do we start with the left or the right? 

  • He answered left and pointed to the left side of each letter

I drew eyes at the top left of each letter. 

Then I said now look at the letters.
Which letter has a big butt? 

  • Letter b! Big butt starts with B! (giggles)

Which letter has a big DONUT belly? (I drew arms holding donuts)

  • Letter d! Donuts start with D! 
Now when he reads if he ever gets stuck I ask him to put eyes on the letter and it clicks!

I made a simple sketch when teaching this to Little Dragon and he tried to replicate it when we went over it the next day. 

I created a simple b vs d comparison page you can download or print here

I hope this can help others.  It really worked for my Little Dragon even though it makes me shake my head that butts is what it took! 


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