We have never pushed early reading on our kids but DD did learn her letters in preschool about two years ago. She's now 5. She's been steadily practicing them since, but she still writes most of them backwards (mirror images) and doesn't seem to grasp the concept that we read left to right, and down the page. She will just write letters in any order, and often mixes up letters completely... And she's actively trying to learn the letters now for quite some time. (Her desire, not ours.) She also will start out writing letters somewhat OK (like if she's tracing it, it's fine) but once it's her turn to do it, she will just kind of make squiggles a lot, mixed in with some real letters.
Same with numbers. She can easily count to ten and answer what comes before and after four, five, etc., but she can't write the numbers in order on the paper.
FWIW: She's also extremely creative and artistic. She's very bright and is an amazing storyteller, draws stuff, etc. She has very good listening comprehension and a great memory, can recite poetry, etc. We've also read tons together and live a very book-centric life.
Is it too early to worry about dyslexia and hope that in time she'll catch up, or are these throwing up red flags?
Perhaps I should have clarified that although she has been in preschool in the past, we are homeschooling - so no teacher to ask. I'm also not planning on bringing her in for an eval unless this issue doesn't improve...
If you feel concern in the future, then you should look into evaluation. School evaluations will not Dx dyslexia. They identify various symptoms, but do not label. We had a neuropych exam by a psychologist for ds's dx.
Those with dyslexia learn different, so different methods and approaches are needed. Orton Gillingham, Davis method, and others may have tutors in your area that could suppliment homeschooling. Sally Shaywitz has a book Overcoming Dyslexia that would be worth checking out.
My DS is 6 and still writes some of his letters backwards (His 1st grade teacher says it is very common). I have dyslexia and I never wrote the letters backwards, I still have issues with letter and number transposition though. It is very difficult to diagnose dyslexia in young children, at 4.5 yrs old, i would give it another year before I worried about it.
My severely dyslexic DD1 never wrote her numbers or letters backwards. My non-learning disabled child has though. It is completely age appropriate. DD1 was dxed at age 5, well two weeks away from being 6, but it is very rare to get a dx at that age. We had to travel to a special clinic that had the ability to test such a young child, it was not a cheap nor easy process. It took 7+ months. Like I said though, she was quite severe and was unable to even recognize her own written name. Most children are dxed around age 8 and like others have mentioned, school districts generally shy away from the dyslexic label. We used a branch out program of OG for DD1. 4-5 days a week, one hour a day with a specialized therapist, year around for almost 4 years to get DD1 where she is now. She still needs day to day accommodations because her learning style is so much different and we supplement with tutors very often.