Left handed child

Jennifer - posted on 03/29/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My son starts school this fall, he's left handed and I'm right handed. I've been having trouble teaching him to write, it's frustrating! What can I do?

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Amber - posted on 03/30/2009

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I just let my daughter hold it how she is comfortable My husband is left handed i'm right handed but my daughter is left handed. just let him do it how he is comfortable. they're going to write the letters the opposite as we do. Right handed people make the letter O counter clockwise from top to top. my daughter makes it Clockwise from bottom to bottom. she makes the letter L short part first and then long part. its just backwards.

Vicky - posted on 03/30/2009

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Hi there! I know how it is I'm left handed myself and i work in a day care. do you have any one in your family that is left handed too, maybe they are willing to help. the only thing i would try is let him get use of the pencil (make sure he is holding it proper, not with a fist ) you can go online an get those free print outs for letters and connect the dots. Just remember he will learn to print . let him have fun using a pencil ,children learn more from play than we think they do . don't get stressed out it will come.

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hi i have a litte girl whos 5yo and she had trouble being left handed but i was told by her school to just let her do circles and lines wat ever she would like to do 4 weeks on she can now wirte her name with both hands just don't push him he will get it it just takes time

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My daughter also starts school this fall and is left handed. I found she is much slower to gain pencil control than my other 3 righty's. However, she just turned 5 last month and now has learned to write her name. While her drawing skills are still lacking they are improving. Each kid takes their own time and for some it comes quicker, others not.



Dont stress about it too much. Just encourage him. I also use those re-usable wipe-off books for her to trace letters. She has been very good at that for about a year, but not doing it on her own until now. Emphasize proper holding.



If possible have a friend/aunt/uncle/ect who it left handed help him. My uncle has offered to help my daughter.



 

Julie - posted on 03/29/2009

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Hi there! My mom is left handed and all of us were right handed, so I can understand the frustration from a kids point of view. My mom bought those big large lined writing tablets for us like they use in Kindergarden. Most of them come with pre printed letters that you can trace. We would trace the letters, and then my mom would write our name for us, we would trace it and then write ourselves below. A lot of teaching a child to write is just learning how to correctly hold a pencil, and controlling it. Don't worry too much if he doesn't have it down 100% before school starts, just have him keep practicing!

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Glad it is 2012 and not 1950's when my brother was a little kid he had a hard time of it because the nuns disproved of his left hand writing. He stayed left handed even though the nuns disproved. I do not recall his handwriting being a problem. Today his handwriting is better than most people I know. He always did well in sports. He remarks that the world is wrong and he is left! He has a weird sense of humor. He did fine in life with his left hand and really had no problems. Good luck to you and your son. Some of the best baseball players are left handed. Look up the left hand personalities on the websites and show your son. Be proud of his left hand ways.

LynneK - posted on 10/24/2012

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i am 68 yearsold. when I was in Kindergarten, I was forcedto go from left handed to right handed. No matter how I try,Ihave a horrible hand writing. When I usedtoplay sports as achild, I always played left handed.As abank teller.I counted money left handed.When I try towrite the penalways feels more comfortable in my left but I do not know how. My son is left handed. It never mattered to me one way or another. It never seemed to bother him . He is now a grownman with a Master's degree in electrical engineering. From my own experience, I wonder if being forced to be right handed, has any emotional repurcations. (my space bar does not work well.)

Jenna - posted on 04/06/2009

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I teach preschool and this past two years I have had four children who were left handed. There is a web page that I got a lot of info from... www.peterson-handwriting.com Like I said they had lots of great tips and ideas to help you out. Don't worry to much your sone will get it. The position of the paper and his hand is a big thing. Good luck and I hope this helps both of you

Shulena - posted on 04/06/2009

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This was an very BIG issue in my house as well, with an left handed child & I'm right- handed. However, it is very duable.What I found to work when I started teaching my son to write at 3yr, was to sit across the table from him, so then it looks as if your using the same hand. Now that my son is about to turn six, it is no longer an issue. Now I'm off to teach my 6yr old left-handed child to tie his shoes. LOL. Good luck with the writing

Meg - posted on 04/06/2009

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The most useful thing for our left-handed boy was being shown how to angle the paper in the reverse from our right-handed default. Angle the top of the paper way to the right, so he can see the letters he's written and not smear his hand over them, and also so he can see where he's writing and not need to pick up his pencil to check. Good luck!

Abi - posted on 04/01/2009

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I am left handed and although I have been out of school for a long time, there are still things that right handed people show me that frustrates me and I just learn on my own but I think teachers just have the magic touch sometimes or else he will just pick up his own comfort level.

Dorothy - posted on 04/01/2009

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Hi my son is left handed and is in Preschool.  He is not having a difficult time adjusting and his teachers are great with the fact that he is left handed.  They adjust very well as long as the teachers don't make a big deal of it.

Leslie - posted on 04/01/2009

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my daughter is left-handed. we never forced the issue and let her do things at her own pace. it has seemed to work out. although in preschool they tried to tell me that she didnt have scissor skills. at home i didnt see any problems so i asked the teacher who said she was using her right hand at school. i told them she was left handed and she hasnt had a problem since.

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My daughter also starts school this fall and is left handed. I found she is much slower to gain pencil control than my other 3 righty's. However, she just turned 5 last month and now has learned to write her name. While her drawing skills are still lacking they are improving. Each kid takes their own time and for some it comes quicker, others not.



Dont stress about it too much. Just encourage him. I also use those re-usable wipe-off books for her to trace letters. She has been very good at that for about a year, but not doing it on her own until now. Emphasize proper holding.



If possible have a friend/aunt/uncle/ect who it left handed help him. My uncle has offered to help my daughter.



 hope this helps.

Jamila - posted on 03/29/2009

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My 7 yo daughter is also left handed.. What is frustrating? Are you trying to teach him how to write with his right hand?

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