leftie writes from bottom to top/right to left

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  • lannahoffman
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    I have a 7 year old daughter who is left handed. She is currently on the copybook reader book 2. Her handwriting is quite neat, but I’ve noticed that she writes mostly bottom to top and right to left. I will try to catch her and correct her but it doesn’t seem to stick and become natural to her. Will this matter in the long run, since her handwriting is so neat and clear? She really wants to start learning cursive when she gets through the copybook readers, but I’m not sure I should move forward with that until she gets the directions down? I considered taking a step back to something that still has the arrows and she would trace but I’m nervous that would become very boring for her. She is a very good reader, and her letters never come out backward. Any advice?

    alphabetika
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    I’ll weigh in on this, though I might be a non-CMish voice in this matter. I am a left-handed adult, whose writing was barely readable until I was an older teenager. This was not for lack of trying; I was and am a voracious longhand writer. Even when I was in elementary school, if given an assignment to write a paragraph about something, I would write pages. I suspect my teachers both dreaded and welcomed it; my creativity was boundless, my penmanship….yeah.  (And this was in the days before assignments were typed as they are now, even when I was in high school) I don’t blame any teaching method. I don’t know why my writing was so poor or why it improved to the state it’s in now, which is readable and even semi-attractive.

    But I will say that what you’re describing with your daughter’s writing habits was and is me to a T, and this characterizes my left-handed friends, too. The page looks different when you’re using your left hand, and the strokes just feel better when reversed. The left-handed brain works differently than the right-handed one, I know it’s not the “right and proper” way to write and I was probably corrected repeatedly. Someone who has more knowledge and experience teaching writing will hopefully chime in here.  But if it were me, given all else you describe, I wouldn’t make it a hill to die on.

    lannahoffman
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    Thank you for chiming in! It is helpful to hear from an adult to is left handed. I’ve had thoughts that maybe it just feels better to her or maybe this is typical for lefties but wasn’t sure, and if it’s not hurting anything, I don’t want it to be a battle!

    totheskydear
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    Do you mean right-to-left as in “love” becomes “evol” or, for example, she starts a capital A from the bottom right, goes up, then back down toward the left, instead of starting on the left?

    If it’s the latter, my leftie does that. It used to drive me crazy, but then I realized, he’s doing what I do as a righty–starting further away and drawing the pencil toward the writing hand.

    alphabetika
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    Yes re: starting further way….that’s what I meant with this sentence:

    “The page looks different when you’re using your left hand, and the strokes just feel better when reversed.”

    But tothesky said it more accurately. 🙂

    lannahoffman
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    I do mean the latter. That makes sense! I’m feeling better about this and I think I’ll let it be. Thank you!

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