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Teaching a Lefty to write???

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
My almost 5 year old Shane is a Lefty and I don't have a clue on how to teach to write. I want him to be a lefty if that is what works for him. My father is a lefty but he lives in CA and we live in Montana so it's a little hard to have him help us.

Does anyone have any pointers to help me help him??
TIA
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post #2 of 11
Just teach him to hold his pencil the same way and to place his hand the same way. He will tilt his paper the opposite direction, which is fine. The only problem is he will tend to drag his hand over what he has just written, unlike a right-hander who has their hand over the unwritten paper. He will eventually develop his own style.

Go ahead and try to learn to write left-handed, too. You'll get an appreciation for how hard it is for him to learn. You will be able to do it with consistent practice. I'm ambidexterious so I can switch back and forth.
post #3 of 11
As a lefty, I've found the most comfortable way to right is to turn the top of my paper almost all the way to the right, (clockwise, to the top of the paper is at 3 o'clock) and hold the pen in my hand the same way a rightie would, kind of pinching it in the fingers. Teachers never liked me turning the paper, but it's much easier to do that, than to do that strage bending the wrist to write thing my left handed uncle does.
post #4 of 11
I'm a left handed person and I don't remember anyone showing me how write "left handed" I just learned with the rest. His hand will "drag" through it and make it a little messier but that is just the way it goes for a left handed person!
post #5 of 11
I did not do anything different for my lefty then I did for my rightys.
post #6 of 11
Some ideas:

When learning or copying letters, write the letter on the right hand side of the paper so the child can see it continuously and doesn't cover it with their hand while they are writing.

In school, use notebooks that have the binding at the top (like a steno notebook). The child won't have to crook their hand to hold it over a side binding.

Use small 2-3 inch crayons or pencils the teach a tripod grasp and increase the strength on the small hand muscles.
post #7 of 11
I am also left-handed, but I don't turn my paper to write. My letters are straight up and down, as opposed to being slanted to the right, even when I write in cursive. And my hand is held straight, my thumb being parallel with the top of the paper.

The hardest thing for me in school, was trying to get comfortable in those desks which only seemed to be made for right-handed people. It was uncomfortable, and I would have to lean over and turn in my seat in order to write on the paper, but I got used to it. I don't even know if they have those type of desks anymore. I would suggest he NOT use one, if at all possible. I had neck pain all through school.

I don't remember anyone teaching me how to write left-handed, just how to write letters. In teaching my 5 yr. old DD to write - I write the letters however I write them, and she watches how the lines and curves are formed, and in what order. I don't think it really matters which hand you write letters with, as long as he watches you and learns in what order to draw what lines, etc., then let him do it his own way.

My youngest brother, I believe, was supposed to be left-handed, but I remember my Mom always taking his rattle, or other toys, out of his left hand and putting them in his right hand. I don't think that was right, and I think he had alot of problems with writing. I think you should let kids BE what they are meant to be....left or right-handed.
post #8 of 11
Speaking as a lefty, I was never taught any differently. The only thing I notice I do is tilt the paper as Sundowner mentioned. I too turn it to a 3 o'clock position and sometimes hold the pen/pencil a bit higher so that my hand doesn't 'drag' through the ink. Just have him hold his pen/pencil how he is comfortable (show him and let him mirror you) forming letters is the same, wheather you're a righty or lefty, so that shouldn't be an issue. Good luck!
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks Everyone!!! I think I am going to try everything that was suggested here. I really think that I will even try to train myself to write as a lefty lol. Need to learn something new everyday right?!?!?! I just want my kids to be successful in their endevors whatever they may be. I really think that my older son was supossed to be a lefty too but school changed that for him.

Again, thank you sooo much!!

Have a great day
post #10 of 11
Lizer:
I just found this, and thought you might be interested.
I never ONCE thought about how differently I wrote my "Ts" (and obviously other letters, like "J" and maybe "A", etc...??) than a right-handed person, until now!! I've always written my "Ts" like it says below. Guess I'd better be more aware of that in teaching my DD to write!!

The following was taken from this website: Letter formation guide for left handed children

Problems can arise because right-handers naturally “pull” their pen across the page and can easily make left to right strokes following the direction of writing. Left-handers are “pushing” their pen across the page and when making left to right strokes this can lead to the pen or pencil digging in to the paper so it does not write smoothly.

Left-handers usually avoid this problem by forming some of the letters differently, like this…



At this website they also sell a book just for teaching your left-hander to write.
It's listed in European dollar amounts though, so I'm not sure how much it would be in US dollars.
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