9/20/2017: Please know that this document has gone through a complete upgrade. It now includes over 300 pages of specific worksheets targeting letter and number reversals that occur with circle letter and numbers. We have made visual cue cards, posters, number 4 activities, screeners and even more games and activities for targeting circle letter and numbers. It was previously known as "Fix Letter & Number Reversals & Improve Right and Left Side Discrimination."
Why did we develop this workbook?
We work with a large number of students with varying degrees of speech, language and learning disorders who often exhibit difficulty with such things as: letter identification, letter writing and word to sentence level reading and writing skills. Some students have reduced orthographic representation skills. This means that they have trouble forming letters and spelling. Although many of the students that I have worked with have not been officially diagnosed with dyslexia or dysgraphia, they do exhibit some of the characteristics of these disorders and we feel as if a possible diagnosis will be made once they reach a higher grade level (such as third grade).
What we often see is a reduced ability to realize the correct direction of some letters or numbers or on which side to produce the circles that make up the letters and numbers. For example, when asked to write, they flip them vertically or horizontally. They write a 6 when they meant to write a 9. They write a p when they meant to write a q.
We have done some research and have read that reversals in children can be normal up until the age of 8. What that means is that if your child is still making reversals with their reading and writing after third grade (switching around a b for a d), that they should be tested to see if they do have dyslexia, dysgraphia or any other type of learning disorder.
What can we do to help?
We can help to teach a student that direction does matter and to give them visual cues and instructions on how to recall the correct direction for each letter and number. For instance, a common visual cue is to teach the “b” as a headboard of a bed and a “d” as the footboard of a bed and to show the word “bed” over a picture of a bed. When a student sees a visual model of where to fit the letters in, they sometimes understand! Or teach the student to put their right and left thumbs up and to turn their knuckles in. This shows the correct location of the circles for writing a b or d. These are super cool tricks and ones that the students seem to remember! These type of visual cues are provided in this workbook and can be posted in the classroom, given for the student to post at home, or to be printed out for their study areas or schoolroom desks.
This workbook will provide a lot of remedial strategies that are designed to help students practice the process of forming letters and numbers with the proper directionality. Students are encouraged to talk about the letter or number being traced and to produce each letter or number many times. Each worksheet or activity in this workbook targets the advancement of letter or number recognition and helps the student to practice exactly how to write them correctly. Repetition is being done, but each worksheet is different so the student stays engaged!
Finally, we have not forgotten how important it is to include kinesthetic activities that help the student to move while they are learning and trying to memorize. For example, the use of Play-doh, shaving cream, yarn or even finger paint during a letter tracing activity is encouraged on our letter mats. We know your students will enjoy those! We have even included mazes, fishing for circle letters, roll the die worksheets, flashcards, and game boards in this workbook. The endless variety of activities will make the learning of circle letters and numbers fun and interesting and different each time!
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We hope that this unit exceeds your expectations and we welcome any and all comments and feedback here at TpT or sent via email. We can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Shanda Gaunt, M.S. CCC-SLP
Manda Riebel, M.A. CCC-SLP
Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC
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