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E has been excitedly working on her writing. In order to occupy some time before rest in the afternoon I made up these packets with the letters of her name it in. The first letter page is coloring and things that start with the letter and the second is just a page to practice writing it.



She prefers the tracing line to actually trying to write the letters - though she makes some valiant efforts. BUT here's the thing... She's a lefty and when she asks for help it is this overly awkward left hand / right hand grip and then neither of us can see the page so I am blindly trying to write a letter situation. I really want to get her some sort of grippy pencil thing because I think half of her frustration is that she is not writing hard enough in the page - and she insists on only using her 'special pencil' and not a crayon.

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  1. We are working on the same thing over here. Those letters are tricky little buggers!

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    1. Yes they are especially when the aspiring writer won't do the circular parts of the letters on her own : )

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  2. I love that she's having fun with her letters! Speaking as a lefty, it is tough trying to be taught by a righty. (I almost think it is easier for a lefty to teach a righty, because we're already used to doing everything backwards and turned around!)

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    1. Neither of us are left handed so it is going to be an uphill challenge! My MIL is left handed but she has mastered the mouse

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  3. Agree with Cathy - being a lefty does give us the unique benefit/challenge of learning many things twice over. To teach the proper grip without having to reverse it with your hands, try taking an old sock and cutting out two holes - one for pointer and one for thumb. Those go through the holes to hold the pencil and everyone else 'takes a nap' for writing. I'm a lefty who's taught one righty so far :)

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    1. Oh man! I had not even considered the reverse. To me it just seems that lefties have so many different ways to write either changing their wrist to twist around or angling the paper differently. I'll have to try the sock idea!

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  4. Ah! Lucky! We always wanted a left handed child (strange wish? we're strange.) Anyway, my dad is left handed and was given a heck of a time growing up in the fifties for it, but he is the most intelligent person I know, so there!

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    1. Haha! That's awesome. Well it seems we ended up with 2 left handed girls maybe baby number three will be a right handed boy!!!

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  5. As a lefty, I've always hoped that one of my children would be a lefty, too. It's so difficult to teach a child to write when you don't use the same hand. Writing as a lefty is a bit more difficult since you can't see what you wrote until your hand is past it.

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    1. The lefty jeans are coming from my MIL so I am holding her personally responsible for teaching all the lefties how to write :)

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  6. Good for her for trying so hard! I don't have any lefties so I can't even imagine how much harder it would be to teach one if you aren't one!

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    1. I thought that E being a lefty was you know just one of those genetic recessive traits that occasionally pops in and out of generations. Now with R being a lefty and my MIL being the only of the grandparents who are lefties... I think maybe the hubby was supposed to be a lefty which makes for a great excuse for his HORRIBLE handwriting : )

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