Tips for kids who are left handed
It seems that more and more children are left-handed these days!!?? This is only partially true as we as parents and teacher are not ‘forcing’ kids to be right handed any more but giving them the opportunity to develop their dominance naturally. Unfortunately we live in a right-handed word as most people are right handed.
The following tips will help left handed children:
1. Use left handed scissors
The blades of left handed scissors are reversed as to those of right-handed scissors thus the child can see where they are cutting.
Lefties should cut in a clock-wise direction.
2. Lefties should sit on the left side of a table
When sharing a table the left-handed child should sit on the left side as not to bump dominant hands with a right-handed child.
3. Write down-hill
4. Use a slant-board
5. Teach gross-motor skills as a left-hander
Stand behind your child when demonstrating gross-motor skills and take their hand/feet through the motions. Where possible buy left handed sports gear.
6. Use left-handed pens/pencils
Certain stationary shops sell pens/pencil designed for left-handed people. The grips of these pens/pencils are designed for the left-handed grip that makes gripping easier.
Letter formation for left-handed children is a bit different, be aware of these differences teachers!
8. Remember that tying shoelaces works a bit differently