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StartDOT Handwriting Blog

18 January, 2015

Help with reversed numbers and letters

Meet Alice.

Her mom noticed she was having a hard time writing her numbers. They were all readable, just backwards. Sound familiar?

Alice was getting frustrated as Alice’s mom tried different ways to help her learn to write them correctly.  Nothing seemed to work… until she tried StartDOT Handwriting. She heard about the app from Alice’s Kindergarten teacher and other moms, so she decided to give it a try.

What a difference! Alice’s numbers started to turn around, and the best part: it didn’t seem like work at all. Alice still loves using the StartDOT Handwriting app and now writes her numbers with confidence!

Some notes on number and letter reversal:

Reversing letters is entirely normal for kindergartners and is typically nothing to worry about. Children at this age have not fully developed what is called "visual form constancy." That is, they don't understand that if you change a letter's direction, it can become a different letter or not a letter at all.

After all, a chair is still a chair if you flip it over and a book is still a book if you turn it upside down. And, in your child's eyes, a d should still be a d, whether it faces forward, backward, or is upside down.


Of course, if you're concerned that your child is behind, it never hurts to talk to their teacher or a class OT. Remember that your child may continue to reverse letters for a while but a good rule of thumb is that they should have this sorted out by the time they enter the third grade.

This aspect of handwriting skill can be mastered with practice. And our goal at StartDOT is to make number and letter practice fun!

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