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    OT: I Got a Lefty!

    Now that probably doesn't seem like a special needs thing except all the rest of us are righty's! M is decidely showing left-handness dominance. He moves anything given to him to his left hand, throws with his left hand, eats with his left hand, colors with his left hand, etc.. I know he's not yet 2, but it seems fixed. Please don't laugh. How am I going to teach him to write? My way of holding the kids' hand and moving it to form everything isn't going to work with him. Do I need to re-train myself to write with my left? I have a little time, if I have to.
    The Homeschool Grads:
    J- 6/96
    S- 11/98

    Still Homeschooling:
    G- 4/04
    D- 5/05
    F- 7/08 (my only girl)

    Future Homeschooler:
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    #2
    Re: OT: I Got a Lefty!

    Haha! The hidden blessings of God's sense of humor.

    I was blessed with a little southpaw as well. The youngest of course because I was really getting a hang of this homeschooling thing, and He wanted to keep me humble.

    I've learned a few things. Don't make a to-do out of the fact that they're different than everybody else, they already know. I do make a point of pointing out other lefties though.

    I learned from Ms. Hatfield (NAC penmanship) that lefties need to hold their pencils about an inch higher than a righty. This prevents that crooked hooked wrist writing.

    They don't need to form letters any differently really. The correct strokes are still the same.

    They can learn writing from a righty just fine, thousands of kids do every year around the world. If you feel the need to demonstrate something, I have found a pencil grip helps me write left-handed.

    I put a little rubberband (little hair tie) on the pencil at the correct height for his fingers to hold. You'll know where to put that band by watching them write, just keep moving it up until the hooked wrist straightens out.

    My lefty only writes and eats left; she bats, throws, and scissors right handed (of course after I bought that expensive special baseball glove).

    Welcome to the club!
    Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

    DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
    DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
    DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

    We've completed:
    Classic Core Jr. kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
    Simply Classical levels B, C, 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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      #3
      Re: OT: I Got a Lefty!

      My eldest showed signs of being a lefty. She ate with her left almost exclusively up until 2, and since my FIL was a lefty, we thought it'd stick. She turned out to be right handed.

      My #2 also showed signs of being a lefty. We always placed the spoon above his bowl so he'd grab it with whatever hand seemed natural. He turned out to a lefty. But know that many kids who are declared lefties can also be ambidextrous (and their footedness and eye dominance can vary as well). It's actually pretty awesome.

      I love that MP copywork books either have top spirals or staple bindings to fold flat for lefties. I will say that as we've progressed through cutting books, at least the Kumon one recommended as a supplement to Simply Classical B, we have been very frustrated with all of the cuttings starting on a side of the page that would favor a left hand holding the page and a right hand cutting. So, we ignore a lot of the scissors start prompts and cut in the direction that feels best for his hand. Sometimes I draw new entrance/start lines to a shape from the side of the page.

      My 4.5 yo lefty likes the new Crayola triangle crayons. They have been helping his grip and finger placement when coloring. We also got the triangular shaped colored pencils from some German company that were recommended in the art supplies for the Simply Classical Crafts (Part 1?). It would be really hard to put a squishy pencil grip on each of them, but my little guy seems to like the one on his sister's pencil.
      Mama to 2, Married 17 years

      SY 19/20
      DD 8-3A
      DS 5-SC C

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        #4
        Re: OT: I Got a Lefty!

        Originally posted by enbateau View Post
        My eldest showed signs of being a lefty. She ate with her left almost exclusively up until 2, and since my FIL was a lefty, we thought it'd stick. She turned out to be right handed.

        My #2 also showed signs of being a lefty. We always placed the spoon above his bowl so he'd grab it with whatever hand seemed natural. He turned out to a lefty. But know that many kids who are declared lefties can also be ambidextrous (and their footedness and eye dominance can vary as well). It's actually pretty awesome.

        I love that MP copywork books either have top spirals or staple bindings to fold flat for lefties. I will say that as we've progressed through cutting books, at least the Kumon one recommended as a supplement to Simply Classical B, we have been very frustrated with all of the cuttings starting on a side of the page that would favor a left hand holding the page and a right hand cutting. So, we ignore a lot of the scissors start prompts and cut in the direction that feels best for his hand. Sometimes I draw new entrance/start lines to a shape from the side of the page.

        My 4.5 yo lefty likes the new Crayola triangle crayons. They have been helping his grip and finger placement when coloring. We also got the triangular shaped colored pencils from some German company that were recommended in the art supplies for the Simply Classical Crafts (Part 1?). It would be really hard to put a squishy pencil grip on each of them, but my little guy seems to like the one on his sister's pencil.
        I think you may be referring to the stabilo easy start pencils...I don’t have SC Crafts, but those pencils come in a right or left hand version.

        My older 3 are all right handed, but two are left eye dominant. My fourth starting K this year seems to be ambidextrous which still has me frustrated on which way to go. He cuts left handed, stands on his left foot, eats right handed as that was how I taught him, but seems to like either hand for writing. I feel like he has slightly more control and strength with his left, but not sure it’s enough to encourage the left for writing.

        I did modify where to start on the kumon books, but the weight of the paper more than makes up for the obvious right hand bias. I do recommend having the spine cut off those books. It gets so hard to remove pages as you progress through the book.
        Dorinda

        For 2019-2020
        DD 16 - 11th with MPOA(AP Latin), Lukeion (Greek4 & Adv. NT Greek), Thinkwell (Economics and Chemistry), plus Pre-Calculus, American G’ment, Early Church History set, and British Lit
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        DS 11 - 6th with Right Start Level G online class
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          #5
          Re: OT: I Got a Lefty!

          Sounds like everyone has a “good grasp” on the importance of a correct pencil grip for the lefties. But don’t neglect the paper position. A lager hander will also need to be able to see what they are writing without cricking their neck to see around their hand.

          Blessings,
          Michelle T

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            #6
            Re: OT: I Got a Lefty!

            Agreed on paper position. This is where the struggle lies in our house. My little girl has no problems with grip or a hooked wrist, but boy does she fight with paper! She just can't understand why it's tilted. I tilt it, she turns it straight, I tilt it...repeat ad nauseum. As we officially start K tomorrow, this will be the habit to instill for the year.
            Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

            DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
            DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
            DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

            We've completed:
            Classic Core Jr. kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
            Simply Classical levels B, C, 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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              #7
              Re: OT: I Got a Lefty!

              Lefty here. My oldest is a lefty, too. The other four people in the house are righties. It’s really not a big deal either way teaching-wise. As other posters mentioned, lefties can be (but are not always) proficient with their right hands in things like sports and scissors-use.
              YES: spiral-top notebooks.
              YES: get your Rod & Staff Math workbooks comb-bound or your lefty will have a fit trying to write in math problems.
              YES: position the paper correctly and watch for “hooking” the pencil.
              NO: do not buy lefty baseball gloves, scissors or anything else until you’re sure of hand preference.

              Though a lefty, I play tennis, baseball, and dribble a basketball with my right. I also cut with scissors right handed. I taught my son the same way (cutting food with a knife is so much easier right handed) and he’s had no problems. But it also hasn’t been a problem teaching my righties how to write. It’s just everything “left” in reverse. I’ve been teaching them long enough that I can write upside down in print, cursive and math. You can, too. You’ll be fine!
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                #8
                Re: OT: I Got a Lefty!

                My sister is strongly a lefty. She learned to use regular scissors and can openers, etc with her right hand as a kid. My mom insisted she learn both. I think she buys left handed scissors only as an adult, but she isn't completely useless in situations where there are only righty scissors.

                It could be a fun challenge later to have your lefty use the righty scissors while the other kids use the lefty ones.
                Miah - married to Warcabbage, 3 boys, BS in social work, AS in Electrical Engineering Technology

                Evulcarrot - 18, freshman in college, Medical Technology , mild autism
                Battlebroccoli - 17, lives with grandma, attends a special high school program part time
                Doomsprout - 10, highly verbal moderate autism, anxiety, motor delays, sensory processing issues - SC 4 with R&S 4

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                  #9
                  Re: OT: I Got a Lefty!

                  Lyra Super Ferby colored pencils with 6+mm leads were part of the kit that was sold to complete the Simply Classical Crafts from RR. Awesome, btw. I have not researched the Stablio ones. We also have a 50pk of Crayola and some Faber Castell triangular colored pencils. My DD favors the Faber-Castell ones. I got to attend a private organ concert at the Faber-Castell Castle in Germany quite some time ago, so it's always fun to tell kids the story of meeting a living relative of old German nobility. Their quality is still excellent, and most of their products are still made with wonderful craftmanship.
                  Mama to 2, Married 17 years

                  SY 19/20
                  DD 8-3A
                  DS 5-SC C

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                    #10
                    Re: OT: I Got a Lefty!

                    Lyra's forever!!! These are the BEST colored pencils. They color beautifully, sharpen with no breakage, and last forever. I bought the Color Giants so the kids could easily see what color they were choosing. We have at least 6 sets now as I refuse to throw the stubs out! I bought the first set about 10 years ago, and the stubs are still with us. LOVE them! Block crayons are also the bomb. Mine never liked regular crayons, but they loved the Stockmar Block crayons. Waldorf may have some 'interesting' ideas, but the art supplies are awesome!

                    As for the rest, thank you for the assurance it will be ok, and I will not need to retrain myself how to write with my left.

                    I had wondered about scissors. I was going to buy some for him to start with under supervision, of course. I never knew scissors had right or left options.
                    The Homeschool Grads:
                    J- 6/96
                    S- 11/98

                    Still Homeschooling:
                    G- 4/04
                    D- 5/05
                    F- 7/08 (my only girl)

                    Future Homeschooler:
                    M- 9/16

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                      #11
                      Re: OT: I Got a Lefty!

                      Faber castell has these amazing orange scissors. They're spring loaded and designed for wee little hands. I think they might even be the recommended SC scissors for the young ages. They work from right and lefties. Amazing and worth ordering!

                      Didn't find them on Amazon, but here's a pic of what I'm talking about...

                      https://shop.bestreviews.com/product...BoC64sQAvD_BwE
                      Last edited by Colomama; 07-31-2018, 03:02 PM.
                      Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

                      DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
                      DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
                      DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

                      We've completed:
                      Classic Core Jr. kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
                      Simply Classical levels B, C, 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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                        #12
                        Re: OT: I Got a Lefty!

                        Originally posted by Colomama View Post
                        Faber castell has these amazing orange scissors. They're spring loaded and designed for wee little hands. I think they might even be the recommended SC scissors for the young ages. They work from right and lefties. Amazing and worth ordering!

                        Didn't find them on Amazon, but here's a pic of what I'm talking about...

                        https://shop.bestreviews.com/product...BoC64sQAvD_BwE
                        Yes! Those scissors are fantastic. We learned about them when my youngest was in OT, promptly bought some for home, and loved them.
                        Half of our family are left handed - two of my children and I. It's funny that someone above mentioned learning from Iris Hatfield about lefties needing to hold the pencil a bit higher. I learned from her that righties don't need to do that! I actually can't do any sports with my right hand/foot. Neither can my lefty children. I've been able to teach my righties with a little adjustment. You'll be fine!
                        Gina
                        Honored & Blessed to be teaching my children at home
                        (since 2001)

                        DS-sophomore in college
                        DD-soon-to-be college freshman!
                        DD-9
                        DS-8

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