Righty teaching a Lefty ?!

Corinne - posted on 01/10/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter always uses her left hand to draw, eat, etc... We are pretty sure (though not 100%) that shell stay left handed bc shes always favored it! AND we are also trying to work on her handling her spoon and fork better with less of a mess!

My concern is that im a righty and lately ive been trying to get her concentrating on getting better at printing and drawing simple shapes. She can do circles fine but triangles and squares still give her problems!

I have no idea if she might be having problems bc shes watching me do it right handed or if shes just having problems in general!? Anyone deal with having to teach their littles ones with the opposite hands that might have some tips? A few nights ago i had her holding the pen with her left hand and i sat on her left so i was able to grab it with my right hand at the same time. She did semi ok but it was very stiff and difficult especially when doing things like "B" and "C" and loopy letters.

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Cara - posted on 01/20/2012

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I am a lefty raised by rightys and survived. Three of my five kiddos are rightys. I have learned that when teaching/showing them it really works well. I sit on their left side and am able to show them slowly how to do a shape while being able to easily see them do the same. Honestly even when I have using my right hand to help them trace things I find that my ability to make shapes with my right is no worse looking then what they are able to do at that age anyway. lol

Erin - posted on 01/10/2012

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That should help, especially with the shapes. Eventually she'll have to learn how to write letters so that can be read from left to right on the page, but that's something that I would let a teacher worry about. Right now I'd just work on the control she has. Good luck.

Corinne - posted on 01/10/2012

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I grew up with my dad and bro being lefties so i know they do things slightly differently...i was wondering if bc shes watching me do it "backwards" might be why shes having a hard time. I cant do things with my left hand so teaching her left handed writing is very difficult for me! I know a lot of her problem is staying patient and concentrating (which shes always been horrible at) but im noticing her trying to watch me and TRYING to mimick me but has a hard time. was hoping for some tricks that i might be able to use...perhaps i can learn to write things "backwards", like a lefty, but with my dominant hand?!

Medic - posted on 01/10/2012

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I am a righty and my son is a lefty but we have never really had issues. He just copies what I do. Now that he is 5 he can use both hands equally but his left hand is slightly nicer and he is faster. My son also draws things backwards and it works for him. I can use my left had for most things and print decently but I hold my pens funny no matter what hand and my son holds his more traditional.

Erin - posted on 01/10/2012

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I have the opposite problem. I am a lefty and my eldest son is a righty. I just sat where he could watch me and follow what I did with his dominant hand. My suggestion is to let her watch you and practice, practice, practice. One other thing to watch for is if she is covering her writing as she does it. I know that I make my shapes "backwards" when compared to right-handed people. If she isn't doing them "backwards," encourage her to do so because it's easier to match up corners if you can see them.

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