I was looking at my blog stats tonight. Actually, I mostly looked at search engine results. I noticed that over and over again one particular search phrase brought people to my blog. The phrase? Left to right progression.
I have a post I wrote a while back on it based on an activity that I did with the kids. I’m writing on my Kindle, so I didn’t search for the post (Sorry.). I did think I’d throw out a couple more simple things for seekers though.
1. If I have a young child who is doing worksheets or copywork/handwriting, I place a star or dot sticker on the left hand side of the page so that they’ll know where to start.
2. When we read a picture book, sometimes I point at the words as we read. They will notice that we always start on the left hand side of the page.
3. I have one child (Rose) who consistently put her shoes on the wrong feet. I started putting a sticker inside the left shoe. It didn’t completely cure it. She often didn’t take the time to look at her shoes before putting them on.
I’m more patient now than I used to be. I now trust that they’ll eventually get it right without much help from me. In the meantime, hokey pokey, Simon says, and simply giving directions using left/right, etc. is enough exposure to the idea for most kids to get it.