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Top 8 Handwriting Postures For Left-Handed Students

Published on December 17, 2010 by in Handwriting

Children FontsBody posture for left-handed students:

1. Left-handed writers should follow the same instructions as those given to right-handed writers, with a few exceptions.

2. Left-handed students can develop some bad body position habits. Be sure that they sit up straight, that their body is not twisted and that both feet are placed on the floor and both arms on the table.

Paper position for left-handed students:

3. Coaching lefties to properly position the paper allows them to produce efficient movements of left arm and wrist, and also prevents discomfort.

4. Students should place their writing paper in front of their left shoulder, holding it in place with their right hand. Some students need to move the paper further over and this is also acceptable as long as it does not adversely affect their posture.

5. Students should slant the paper about 45 degrees to the right (clockwise). This is a greater angle than that for right-handed use. This will help to produce better down stroke movements.

Pencil position for left-handed students:

6. The pencil should be held (not squeezed) with the first two fingers and thumb, with the pencil resting near the big knuckle. The pencil should be pointed towards the left elbow. 7. Left-handed writers will find it easier to keep the writing tip slightly further from the finger hold than right-handed writers, about an inch and a half from the finger hold. Left-handed writers should not hook their wrists or have their elbow too close to their body. This posture will cause fatigue (see picture 1).

8. There is an alternative pencil hold which is often favored by left-handed writers with long fingers. In this hold, the pencil rests between the second and the third finger.

I also would recommend Fonts 4 Teachers for students to practice handwriting.  They usually improve after a few hours of practice.

Ramon Abajo, Handwriting Expert & Teacher of the Year

Downhill Publishing LLC

 
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