Writing words backwards??

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Registered: 06-14-2005
Writing words backwards??
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Fri, 09-05-2008 - 4:20pm

Maddie had a test today at school on five words that she had to read, write and spell. She spelled all the words correctly but wrote them backwards! The teacher had written the list of words on a piece of paper and basically all Maddie had to do was copy them. So she did, just backwards, she even wrote the #'s 1-5 (for each word) on the right hand side of the paper. I have no idea why she is doing this, we practiced and practiced writing these words and not once did she write them backwards. She used to write her name backwards, but we finally got her to quit doing that. She often writes the letters d, b, and p backwards, she says she likes them better that way!

I don't know whether to worry about dyslexia or something at this stage, there is no history of dyslexia in mine or DH's family. She doesn't do this all the time, just some occasional words.

Any thoughts??

Thanks!

Beth






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Fri, 09-05-2008 - 7:57pm

Hi Beth,

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Sat, 09-06-2008 - 1:56am
I wouldn't worry about it too much. Julia writes lots of letters backwards - and sometimes even writes her name backwards - like she forgets to go left to right. You can just tell the teacher Maddie is practicing in Hebrew (which goes from right to left) ;-) - seriously though, I think it's something she'll fix on her own and I wouldn't worry about it at this stage!!
Randi
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Mon, 09-08-2008 - 7:55am

Thanks girls for the reassurance! I did some research online and it does look like this is pretty common at this age. I probably did the same thing, but I can't remember! (too many years ago, LOL!)

Anyway it's good to know that she is doing just what most 6 year olds do! They can be so stubborn sometimes can't they??? (gotta love them!)

Hugs

Beth






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Mon, 09-08-2008 - 5:58pm
LOL, they sure do know what they want!
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