In today's toy market, toy makers try to encourage parents to buy "educational" toys for their young children. Often times parents may choose a toy because it has lettering or numbering in hopes that early exposure will benefit their child. Margaret Homfray, a Montessori educator, spoke about an exisiting relationship she sees between many of these "educational toys" and the problem of letter reversal among children.
Margaret states that these toys with lettering actually can create more confusion for a young child then they do providing a learning experience.
Using these types of toys allows the child to become too accustom to seeing letters sideways, upside down and reversed to the point that they are unable to distinguish between correct positions, which can lead to letter reversal in writing.
So, what is the best way to have letters available to a child? Margaret states that a parent would be better off having the letters written beautifully in a fixed position where the child can see them modeled the correct way.
(The link to the Margaret Homfray's videos are located at the side of this blog.)