Is it normal that my kindergartner reverses letters when he writes?

Is it normal that my kindergartner reverses letters when he writes?

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Yes. Reversing letters is entirely normal for kindergartners and is nothing to worry about, says David Funk, an educational consultant and author of Love and Logic Solutions for Kids With Special Needs.

"Children at this age don't have spatial consistency," Funk explains. In other words, they don't understand that if you change a letter's direction, it can become an entirely different letter (or not a letter at all). And who can blame them? After all, a cup is still a cup if you turn it upside down, and a book is still a book if you flip it. In your child's eyes, a d should still be a d, whether it faces forward, backward, up, or down.

It can be hard to avoid worrying about this, especially when your 5-year-old neighbor comes over for a playdate and writes out the entire alphabet with ease. But remember that when it comes to writing skills among kids this age, "normal" has a wide range.

Of course, if you're concerned that your child is behind, it never hurts to talk to his teacher. "But at this age, we're more concerned with oral language deficits than reading or writing," says Funk.

In fact, your child may continue to reverse letters for a while. (By the time he enters the third grade, however, he should be writing his letters correctly, Funk says.)

It's fine to help your child practice as long as you don't make him feel as if he's competing with other kids or push him beyond his level. In other words, don't get caught up in the trap of thinking that excellent writing skills now "will result in your child being a Harvard graduate," says Funk.

And when you do practice with your child, make it fun. Practicing letters can be a game for the two of you to play together on a rainy afternoon or when a playdate gets canceled.

But if you turn it into a drill or chore, your child may wind up feeling pressured. Not only could this make him run for the hills when he sees you coming with your thick pencils and sheaf of paper, but it could take the fun out of learning how to write. And learning to write really can be a blast – especially if your child knows that he can go at his own pace.

Watch the video: Try This Simple Trick for Number Reversals (June 2022).

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