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Single mom to Rain (1/93) , grad student, and world traveler
Yes! Hold up both hands and make a circle with the index finger and thumb of each, holding the other fingers up as straight as you can. Your left hend will make a "b" and your right will make a "d", as viewed by the person holding up her hands.
Now put your hands together so the tips of the index fingers and thumbs just touch - you've made a bed with your fingers! The first letter in the word "bed" is "b", and going from left to right, the first letter your hands are making is "b". The last letter is "d", just like your right hand is making.
I swear this is much easier than it sounds! it's one of those little tricks that's hard to describe but much easier if you can see it....
|So mnemonics like "b has a belly and d has a butt", as cute as they are... will only work IF the child already understands that LEFT COMES FIRST... in other words, it's assuming that both letters are "facing" to the RIGHT. But as I said at the beginning, the problem is that the child sees the two letters as the same symbol, facing different directions. You could easily see d as a belly and b as a butt if they're just facing the other way...|