The ‘b’ and ‘d’ letters are the most common letters for children to reverse or substitute. When I introduce these two letters in Grade R, it is to show the learner the differences between each letter and not to name the letters.
Our workshop session did this in three different ways and incorporated different learning skills in each.
1. Gross Motor Skill
Breaking ‘b’ and ‘d’ compound words into syllables
~Phonemic Awareness – listening and detecting a language unit
~beginning sounds – b/d Eg: baseball and dinasaur
2. Visual Perceptual skill
Using clay and a stick: ~ ‘b’ has a stick and a ball with the ball on the right side of the stick – ‘d’ has a stick and a ball with the ball on the left side of the stick. This clay and stick exercise allows the child to turn the stick and clay ball to make a ‘b’ or ‘d’.
~sensory skills – learning through touch – working with clay
~Learning through discovery – turning the clay and stick to make ‘b’ and ‘d’
3. Fine Motor Skills
The children had to find all the materials needed for this activity. We gave them a pictorial shopping list to collect what they needed for the next activity.
This activity allows each children to take the end product home as a visual reminder of a ‘b’ and ‘d’. Also using sticks and bottle tops to show the difference between a ‘b’ and ‘d’ – it allows the child the opportunity to spatially place the ball and stick correctly as in a ‘b’ or ‘d’.
~practicing fine motor skills – cutting and sticking
~spatial skills – placing a bottle top on the correct side of the stick to make a b/d
~end product – a b/d poster – visual representation of difference between b/d
More pictures of our session