Letter reversal issues are a common struggle for children who are learning how to write. If you’ve ever noticed your first or second grade child struggling with m and w reversals, you’re not alone. In this blog post, I will share more than one fun way to tackle this challenge – free printable m and w letter reversal worksheets.
Our free activity pack is a great resource that includes 4 worksheets with different activities to help young learners address this letter confusion.
Download PDF file here –> m and w letter reversals worksheets
At the end of this post, you will also find other resources to make tricky letters fun. Keep reading!
Why Do Kids Confuse m and w?
There are a lot of skills for young writers to master when they first begin. Children might find different letters, like the lowercase letter m and letter w confusing. This common occurrence happens with other letter pairs too: b and d, p and q, n and u, due to the similarities in their shapes, though they are facing different directions.
The best way to help kids distinguish similar letters is through worksheets, fun games, and multisensory activities. With some extra practice using these free worksheets, young students will be able to tackle visual orientation and proper letter formation.
Oh No! Does this mean my child is dyslexic?
Writing letters in reverse is a noticeable symptom of dyslexia but it is certainly not the only symptom. Reversed letters are also a super common occurrence in kids who are building early writing skills. You should always talk to your pediatrician if you have concerns. And the advantage of early intervention is 100% worth putting on your doctor’s radar, even if it turns out your kiddo is just going through the normal process of building writing skills.
I’m still concerned. Where can I get more information about dyslexia?
If you are concerned, you should learn what dyslexia is and is not. Check out this article from the Cleveland Clinic. You can also find information at the International Dyslexia Association.
w AND m TRACING PRACTICE
These worksheets have tracing practice – have your kiddo trace the letters then use visual cues to fill in the blanks with the right letter.
CUT OUT AND complete the word
In this activity, help the kid cut the w and m lowercase letters and then invite them to glue the right letter on the images.
COLOR BY LETTER
Grab your crayons and color the picture according to the letters and your own color code, and see what figure is shown. Is it an m or a w?
READ IT & BUILD IT — m and w edition
Looking for a multisensory learning approach? This read-it-and-build-it activity is a fun way to use your magnetic or foam letters. Let your kid read the word and then build m and w words using the letters.
Download PDF file here –> m and w Letter Reversals Worksheets
Need help with other reversed letters?
Download other letter activity packs:
d and b
p and q
n and u
Understanding the importance of muscle memory and fine motor skills in writing is essential. Kids need to develop the muscles required for controlled hand movements. Our free activity pack offers a great way to engage kids in fun activities that enhance their fine motor skills, providing them with the tools they need to master letter formation.