Did you know that one in ten people is left handed? We have ten people in our family and guess what? One is left handed. We live in a right handed world. Observe a left handed person and you will quickly come to this conclusion. Everything is backwards for them. Examples-the way most doors open, sewing machines, coffee mugs, and wristwatches.
Here are some things I have learned while teaching my left handed daughter how to write.
It is easier to use loose leaf paper. My daughter wants to use a notebook like everybody else so I turn it over and then open it so the binding is on the right hand side. Angle the page so that the left top corner is at the highest point with a steeper incline than a right hander would use. When the paper is positioned correctly the writer should be able to see what was already written. You also need to remind the student to keep his wrist straight. As he gets used to writing with the paper at the proper angle it will become natural to write with a straight wrist and hand.
When instructing my student to form a letter I tell her to write it backwards, for after all, it is the wrong way to her. If she writes on her own without a visual reference she will form the letters and words from right to left in a perfect mirror image.
If I need to demonstrate a letter for my little student I sit on her left with my arm around her so my hand is on her right or I stand behind her. Many times I will slowly form the letter while she copies me as I remind her to write it the wrong way. She also enjoys using a small white board to practice on.
I sometimes have to remind my daughter to use her left hand instead of her right to cut with scissors, throw a ball, etc. It has been a bit of a challenge for me to teach her. Whenever I get frustrated I remind myself of how much frustration she must feel living with a bunch of righties. I try to do some things the wrong(to me) way to make things a little easier for her.