Every now and then a young reader reverses b, d, p, q, t, f .
Remedial games are a fun way to teach basics,
strengthen recognition and help improve their confidence!
First, I used the letter chart.
We drew pictures over the letters to reinforce the visual picture of the shape and the sound of the letter.
- b looks like a bat with a ball stuck to its right side, so we made a cricket bat and a red cricket ball.
- the d looks like a dog with its tail up behind him, start d by drawing a dog body then its tail going up
- a t could hold a tea-cup with tea in its base, draw the tea-cup in the base
- the f is like a sunflower with its flower head flopping over at the top to the right
- a p is a pig with a pointy foot in a puddle and then its big pig body, so draw the long pointy foot first, then its fat round body. The foot goes down into the puddle so it goes below the writing line.
- q is for a queen so we draw a crown on her head, her train flowing behind her and the servant u always walks next to her to hold up her train and keep an umbrella (u for umbrella) over her head so she won’t get sunburnt.
I made a letter dice and flash cards for several games:
~ throw dice and select correct letter card
~ throw dice and find word ending with that letter
~compare differences in similar words
~ play snap
~colour letter in with whiteboard marker (on laminated card)
In just a few weeks any confusion should clear up if you play these games for few minutes every day.
Download the 4 page remedial game pages here ~b,d,t,f recognition game
(There are plenty of other worksheets and ideas, so if you need any, leave a comment and I’ll try upload a few for you.)