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Frequently confused letters
ABC Activities

Frequently confused letters


Some letters look alike. Children sometimes struggle to tell alike letters apart. When reading and writing, children need to be able to tell these apart.

Download our Confusing letters: b and dConfusing letters: p and q, and Confusing letters: Letter painting activities below.

The Confusing letters: b and d and Confusing letters: p and q activities introduce children to frequently confused letters. Can you tell b from d? Can you tell p from q? These activities have also been designed for handwriting practice.

The Confusing letters: Letter painting activity asks children to identify the difference between b, d, p, q, and g. It can be easy to mix up these letters because they all have circles and sticks that go in different directions. Spot the difference between these letters and paint them accordingly.


Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.


Children frequently confuse b and d or p and q.


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Deep Dive

Read our report on the Science of Reading. Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This report provides an easy to understand overview of each of these pillars and explains the important connection between how the brain learns to read (the Neuroscience of Reading) and how we teach children to read (The Science of Reading Instruction). It also explains why helping children build connections between letters and sounds, through phonics and phonemic awareness, is so crucial for the developing reading mind. This report is perfect for sharing with colleagues and friends!