Are you a leftie or righty?

Well scientists are not sure about why around 85-90% of people are right handed and the others turn out to be left handed.

They have discovered that:

  • Left handedness often runs in families. So it seems that your genes have something to do with it. Someone else in your family might be left handed too. However, many left handed kids have right handed parents and brothers and sisters. How genes work is often rather unclear.
  • More boys than girls are left handed.
  • Some people use their left hand for most things but can use their right hand too. This is called being ambidextrous (say am-bi-dex-truss) but only about 1% of all people are truly able to do everything really easily and well with both hands.

Did you know that tools like scissors are difficult for left handers to use? You may have to buy your own left handed scissors to overcome this problem but mostly people who are left handed need to learn how to cut with normal scissors (holding the scissors in their right hand and moving the paper around) as that is what they will need to be able to do most of the time. Most of the time left handed scissors will not be available.

When kids are first learning to write it can be harder for lefties to make the letters unless they learn, right from the beginning, how to sit and how to hold a pencil.

Writing help

The English language is written from left to right so that makes it more difficult for ‘lefties’ to see what they have written as their hand covers it. Some ‘lefties’ hook their hand over the top of their writing but it can be hard to write neatly and some kids cramp up in their fingers. Here is a way of writing that may make things easier for you.

  • Sit up straight at the table or desk.
  • Make sure you have more space on the left of the table to rest your arm.
  • Tilt the paper to your right at the top. Like this:
    tilt the paper to your right
  • Hold your pencil about the width of your thumb from the point.
  • Keep your wrist straight when you are writing.
  • Hold your hand in a relaxed position. Don’t tighten up your fingers.
  • Make sure your hand is below the line of your writing then you can see what you are doing.
  • Don’t lean forward or rest your head on the desk.
  • If you didn’t learn to write like this from the beginning you may need to practise every day until it comes easier to you but it will help you to be a neater writer and writing will be less stressful.

Few famous Left handed personalities

  • Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci is probably one of the most famous left-handed artists of all time. …
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Barack Obama
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Prince William
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Keanu Reeves

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