A Little Ray of Sunshine

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Teaching your Lefty to Write I

I've done a bit of looking, and there's just not much on the subject out there. Hemi, my 3.5 year old, is the lefty. So, fortunately, is Daddy. This leads to hasty phone calls to Daddy at work: 'Honey, am I doing this right?'

So. Teaching your Lefty to Write. Because there might just be some righty homeschooler out there with a lefty and without instant 'tech support'.

Most (all?) handwriting worksheets available online are designed for righties. You can use them, but ignore the directions. I like the www.donnayoung.org site for worksheets, but there are plenty of others.

The lefty holds his pencil in his left hand, but otherwise like a righty would. He will probably naturally curl his hand around over the line. This is not very important because of our quick-drying inks, but it used to be the way of preventing ink from smearing. If he's working in pencil, as most begining writers do, be prepared for smears on the page, his left arm, and his shirt sleeve. He holds his paper with his right hand. For lines: verticle and diagonal, the lefty starts at the bottom and goes to the top.

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