Friday, March 9, 2012

teaching a left-handed child

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i am grateful that i have been blessed to be able to stay at home and teach Bear.  here's why...
he is naturally a lefty...
has been since he could hold a crayon. 

out of curiosity, i've done quite a bit of research on left-handedness and learned some interesting facts. Left-handers
make up 5-10% of the population
are more likely to pursue creativity based careers
are good at multi-tasking
most often draw people facing to the right

as a family, we have allowed Bear to eXpLoRE using boTH hands.  i have seen preschool teachers tell kids that the picture below is the "wrong" way to hold a pencil.  i didn't want to do that to Bear...didn't want to stifle his emerging literacy skills and cuRioSiTY of the written word.

since i know his tendencies, i can make sure that he's using the correct tools such as left-handed scissors and quick-drying markers that won't smudge.  other things we do is place his silverware on the left and turn his cup handles to the left. 

For more resources on lefties check out these sites: 

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