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3 Writing Tips for your Left-Handed Students

What do David Bowie, Oprah, Barack Obama, and Jim Henson (and Kermit!) all have in common? Aside from being the ultimate dream dinner party—they are famous lefties! Today is national Left-Handed Day and it’s time to celebrate!  

According to the BBC , ten percent of the population is left-handed, which means you are sure to have some lefties in your classroom. They may struggle in this mostly right-handed world—so here are some tips to make their writing experience comfortable and successful.

1. Paper Placement

Children who can print sentences across the page are ready to tilt their paper at a slight angle to follow the natural arc of the writing hand. For left-handed children, put the left corner of the page higher, so the writing hand is below the line of writing. This practice encourages a correct, neutral wrist position.

You may observe some left-handed children slanting their papers too much. They do this to prevent their wrists from hooking, Allow them to exaggerate the slant on their papers if it doesn’t cause speed or neatness trouble.

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2. Cross Strokes


When writing, we typically travel from top to bottom and left to right. At times, left-handed children may choose to cross letters by pulling their writing hand from right to left. This is natural. Model the cross stroke for them in their workbooks. Letters with cross strokes are A, E, F, G, H, I, J, T and lowercase f and t.

3. Lefty-Friendly Workbooks

Make sure the workbooks you use in your classroom are lefty-friendly—especially when it comes to early writing skills like handwriting. Pages should provide letter models on the left and right, so left-handed children can always see the model they are copying. That way they never have to lift their hand or place them in an awkward position to see a model.

Handwriting Without Tears looks out for lefties! That’s why all our workbooks are left-friendly and help all children succeed in the classroom. Download a sample workbook page to see the difference.

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By Annie Cassidy Annie Cassidy is the Editorial Manager at Learning Without Tears.