My son started kindergarten this year. He’s been most excited to learn how to read. In fact, he was a little bit disappointed his first day that he “didn’t even learn to read one word yet”.
The boy has loved books all his life, and I know that as soon as he learns to read it will be like opening a whole other world for him. He’s going to be a bookworm like his mommy and his daddy, there’s no doubt about it!
Being a little ways in to the Kindergarten year now, he’s coming home with sheets saying the sight words he’s working on each week and even has surprised me several times by looking at a sign and being able to sound out simple words like C-A-T without help from me at all.
We love reading books together more now than we ever have before. I’ve been pointing to each word as I read them as he carefully watches or repeats after me. When we come across a simple word, I stop and let him sound it out for himself. It didn’t take long for me to notice that he mixes up lowercase b and lowercase d almost 100% of the time.
It frustrates and discourages him when he gets them wrong though so I’ve learned to be careful in how I correct him as he sounds it out. After the first book, I knew I’d need to find a solution for him.
There are two methods I taught him so as to reinforce the idea in his mind. I’m not sure if these were ideas from when I was younger, things we picked up from other parents or even something I saw online. All I know is that my son’s whole face lit up when I showed him the tricks and he’s excited to see and understand the difference so clearly now.
The first is that baby b has a big belly and baby d has a diaper. I showed him these one by one as I drew them out. His eyes got big as he understood b-b-b-belly and d-d-d-diaper!
For the second lesson, I showed him how to make a letter b with his left hand. He thought that was pretty amazing in and of itself, and then I showed him how his right hand made a letter d and he was shocked!
Lastly, I showed him how if he stuck the two together it made a bed! b-e-d and it looks like a bed too!
I love this tool because it’s something he can double check with his hands by making the bed if he forgets that baby b has a belly and baby d has a diaper!
bonus – I wanted to give my son more ways to practice telling lowercase b and d apart so I create a packet of printables to help him! Check them out and get your FREE lowercase b & d practice sheets here.
Lastly, here are some fun early reading books that can help your kids sound-it-out as well! We love fun stories that we can truly, for the first time read together! These are listed with affiliate links.
These are the avengers, world of reading level one. My son is going to LOVE this one, I can already tell!
I can hardly believe I’m already looking at books to read WITH my son. It was certainly surreal today as we sat and worked through a book together! I’m loving this new stage!
More fun learning games/activities for kids here: