The short answer is YES! Children often make developmental errors with writing at the beginning of first grade. In fact, a very popular national "toy store" makes fun of this common phenomenon by reversing a letter in their store name logo! If you are concerned, please ask the teacher if this is a serious problem or appears to be developmental in nature.
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Whether or not it’s typical for a first grader to write backwards depends on two things
1. the age of the first grader (first grader can range in age from 4 1/2 to 6 1/2)
2. the letters and/or numbers that s/he writes backwards
Our letters and numbers are made of straight lines and curve lines. It’s very typical for children to write letters and numbers with curve lines backwards such as the letter B, R, S and the numbers 3 and 5. It’s less common for children to write letter like E, F, and numbers 4 backwards.
Writing backwards is common for a young first grader but less common for an older first grader.
I think it may be for some. My first grader has the same problem, and I was wondering the same thing. But we work on his nubers everyday. I have him write 1-10 ten times across each, using an example I have given to him. Then after he completes his task, I have him write the numbers ten times across on his own, woth no example. If he writes any of them backwards I tell him he ha to try that specific number again. I have noticed that it is starting to work.
YES! Reversal of letters such as "b" and "d" is considered "developmentally appropriate" until grade three. If you notice other problems in addition to this, however, you may want to look further to see what the cause is; visual problems are common.
Some solutions to common reversals:
7 is actually a z with a foot missing
3 is actually part of a B with its back missing
6 is a C "all curled in" :We make monster 6's by drawing a C and adding the mouth (curled part of 6) and then adding scary features.
j is actually g without a "head"
b is actually a capital B with its "head missing