C.B. asks from Kansas City, KS on February 12, 2007
Teaching a Leftie How to Write
Has anyone ever taught a leftie how to write? I am right handed and homeschooling my left handed four year old. She's having the hardest time writing because I don't know HOW to teach her the left handed way! Can anyone give me any ideas? I can't find any resources online. Thanks!
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Thank you for all of the advice! Some people were a little confused as to what I meant. Basically, for example, letter "a", she is having a problem writing it because she's trying to start in a different place. It's hard to explain without having you see it, but she starts on the dot I give her and makes a curly q and then proceeds with the rest of the letter. It's like where she's supposed to start (from A Beka's point of view) is not where she feels like starting naturally. And she's having a problem being able to see the rest of the word or letter she's writing because her hand is covering it. What I've figured so far is to just let her trace and trace and trace and trace some more until it's programmed. Thanks everyone!
B.R. answers from Peoria on February 13, 2007
what i did with my son was 2 things
sit on HIS left hand side..... my right was by his left..... then i was able to help him hold his pencil, and i also helped him with my finger....i would put my finger on the paper and then he would follow along with his pencil,,,,,,, that really helped
i also gave him a second copy of what i wanted him to write....... so then he could see what he was to write
J.M. answers from Joplin on February 13, 2007
My son is a leftie as well and both my husband and I are right-handed. I found this website that sends monthly newsletters. Also, I bought a book called "Loving Lefties" by Jane M. Healey.
S.K. answers from St. Louis on February 13, 2007
Hi, I'm a leftie too so I understand where your daughter is coming from. Both my parents are righties and they taught me just fine. My mom said the trick was to not try to do it any differently than she did with my right handed brothers. If you start over thinking it and trying to do it left handed as well, you will confuse her. Her brain will figure out on it own how to take your example and make it her own. Don't force it or try to be like it, just do it like normal and let her practice practice practice and her brain will make the switch by itself.
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K.C. answers from Wichita on February 12, 2007
You might look in a school supply specialty shop for books that help w/left handed kids. My son, is also left handed, where as everyone else in our family is right handed. We did luck out though once he started kindergarten, because his teacher was also left handed. But during preschool he had a tough time.
You might also call a local school and see if they have any recommendations. Have you googled "left handed writers"? Not sure if that would be of any help.
Good LUck :)
T.W. answers from Kansas City on October 02, 2008
as soon as i found out my autism son was a leftie, I know this sounds funny but i was happy my son can do somthing i can't do. your the one with the problem she's going to be fine. I wasn't trying to be mean just truthful.
M.B. answers from Topeka on May 12, 2008
Hi C.! I read your letter and it got me thinking. My two oldest children are both left-handers and I didn't do anything different with them. I think they figured it out on their own. (I don't remember because they are 19 and 15 now.) The only thing that I think I helped them with was my oldest sat across from me when he learned how to tie his shoes and then I think HE showed his sister how to do it when the time came. Just keep encourageing them to write the letters correctly and they will figure out what works for them.
T.P. answers from Kansas City on February 13, 2007
I have a son who is left handed and all my girls are right handed like me. My son is the only one in my family that I know of that is left handed and even in his dads family also. When it was time to teach him to right we showed him the same way you would a right handed person. He picked up on it really fast. Teachers teach them to write letters the same way a right handed person would. I asked the teacher when he started Kindergarden if I should be teaching him how to write left handed and I was told left handed people learn to write just like right handed people there is no right or left way to learn to write. I hope this helps you and helps you not to worry if your teaching the wrong way are not.
L.M. answers from St. Louis on May 16, 2008
I write left-handed but do everything else right handed. I'm the only one in my family of 5 kids and 2 parents, and no one taught me how to write differently...I just figured it out. I wouldn't worry too much about how to teach her the RIGHT way to do it. I would let her do whatever comes naturally. I actually don't "hook" my wrist around when I write like you see most lefties do. I just write with my hand below the line. I think I did have a problem because of that with slanting my handwriting, but I think they finally stopped correcting me after third grade and said "whatever." Which is good because I actually have the nicest handwriting in my family, so go figure :)
M.G. answers from Kansas City on February 14, 2007
Hey C.. This can be frustrating. Sit across from her and have her "mirror" you. She will tilt her paper the opposite way of you. Righties shift their papers counter-clockwise and lefties need to shif it clockwise. this helps eliminate having to curl their had around like a hook. If she mirrors you, she will have the correct form and will not strain her wrist. Good luck!
B.K. answers from Wichita on February 13, 2007
I'm either handed, but mostly left. However, my grandmother taught me to write right-handed. Now I can write with either hand and it's very useful...especially for those pesky invitations for weddings, showers, etc. Why don't you teach her to write right-handed and after she masters that, move on to having her practice with her left so that she is proficient with either hand??
Just my two cents, hopefully you will take it to heart, it's a very useful talent to be able to write with either hand...and it's much easier to teach someone to write using the same hand, then after she learns it, have her use the left hand. She'll be young enough to not be quite as set in her ways, and it should be fairly easy to teach her. Best of luck to you!!