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Please be sure to provide your left-handed students with left-handed tools. We impede the development of skills and create pervasive challenges to learning when lefties have to survive in a right-handed classroom. Approximately 10% of the world population is left-handed. Therefore, the rule of thumb (left thumb, that is) is keep left-handed tools in your classroom for at least 10% of the maximum number of children your classroom might hold in a given year. We strongly recommend true left-handed scissors and left-handed pencil grips for ages four or five and up to begin with. (30 children max. = 3 sets of left-handed tools.) I'm so glad we found and can share this resource! Happy Day to all of our Left-Handed Friends!
We would LOVE some feedback on your experience with left-handed items, as well as this web site we found. Comments Are Encouraged! :)
My adult right-handed scissors. Notice which blade sits on top while lying in this position. Comfortable hand grip is on the bottom, and the blade extending from that grip is on top. This enables me to clearly see the page I am cutting with the scissors on my right and paper on my left.
Children's left-handed scissors. Notice which blade sits on top while lying in the same position as my right-handed scissors. It is the opposite blade, the one extending from the thumb grip, which allows the left-handed cutter to view the paper with the same field of vision that I have with my right-handed scissors. Scissors on left, paper on right...clear sight.
Joy of joys...we have found true Left-Handed Scissors! Every classroom should have at least two pairs!
Note that scissors claiming to be designed for left- or right-handed cutting and scissors that advertise simply a grip for left-handed cutters Are Not Appropriate For Left-Handed Students. Neither is a right-handed pair of scissors turned upside-down.
The difference is in the overall design of the scissors. In addition to the comfort of the appropriately constructed grips for a left hand, the blade on left-handed scissors is set in a position opposite of the blade on right-handed scissors. Without this design shift, left-handed students must see over the blade while they cut. This is Difficult and Counterproductive. Happy Cutting to All of Your ECE Students! :)
Colleen T. Mantell, M.S., Ed. Founder, President Beyond The Standards Inc. Prof Dev Instructor -PQAS Certified PA & MD Certified Teacher -Early Childhood Edu -Elementary Edu -Family & Consumer Sci -Psychology Published Author -Peer-Reviewed Journal Kindergarten Enrichment Teacher Wife and Mother of Three