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March 1st, 2010, 10:26 AM
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My son favors his left hand while coloring (always picks up crayons and markers with his left hand, no matter where I set them or how I hand them to him). When I teach him to write, what considerations do I have to take? I'm wondering specifically about pencil grip, formation of letters, preventing smudging of words while writing, etc.

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March 1st, 2010, 11:04 AM
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http://handedness.org/action/leftwrite.html

That page says everything I would, so hopefully it helps!
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March 1st, 2010, 12:26 PM
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I'm not the OP but thank you so much for the link! My son doesn't really have bad writing habits yet, but this is so useful so that he doesn't end up having any.
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March 1st, 2010, 01:33 PM
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My only recommendation is to teach writing while facing each other or using a mirror. I didn't read the link she posted, but I can almost bet it mentions that as well. I'm probably not much help.
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March 2nd, 2010, 12:43 PM
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Thanks for the link!
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March 3rd, 2010, 08:09 PM
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Thanks for that link! Seamus is ambidextrous (like my mother), but favors his left hand (like my father, lol)... and that link was very helpful.
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March 3rd, 2010, 09:44 PM
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I think it will be helpful for me too. Our first 4 kids are all righty's, but it looks like we finally got a lefty with #5. :-)
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March 5th, 2010, 05:29 AM
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My oldest is a lefty and we haven't had any difficulties in teaching writing and such. I was more worried about how to show her how to tie her shoes lol. A lefty friend of mine suggested facing her to teach her instead of sitting next to her if that makes sense. It worked, she was tying her shoes just fine in kindergarten.
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