Alex is a lefty, a Molly, kack-handed. However you want to say it… he is left-handed. So far it hasn’t been a problem. But he is starting to want to write, especially his name, and I’m a little unsure of a few things.
He had a weird pencil grip (he’s 3.5 so that’s not unusual) but it’s been easy to show him a better way to hold it. But when it comes to actually writing letters and drawing shapes, I’m a bit out of my depth.
I know left-handed people angle the paper differently as they write, and have to write in a certain way so that they don’t smudge their hand across their work. But do they shape their letters differnely? Form letters in the opposite direction? I don’t want to corect his formation if his way is more comfortable for a left-hander.
I suppose, as a teacher, I should know this. But my school kids have usually got their technique sorted by the time I teach them, and I don’t actually notice what they do, unless their writing looks out of the ordinary.
So I am genuinely asking left-handed people out there (or parents/partners of left-handed people)…
What should Alex be doing when he writes? What direction should his letters go; clockwise or anti-clockwise? Any tips to make writing/drawing easier?