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    No kids with for protest. They did come to the rally on Saturday. But you're not supposed to get arrested for mass actions if you're a minor. Ha. After I'd done it, I realized that my one son could have come and watched. It was easy to not be arrested. Some moms came with babies too and just didn't get arrested. And now there's this whole thing where moms with babies and toddlers go do sit ins that are baby playgroups in front of ICE offices.

    The book is on Amazon... I haven't been linking it because I still haven't seen the cover as printed to make sure it looks just right. Also because it's a holiday week. But I'll link it here. In secret. A pre-release announcement of sorts.

    Vicsmom - I know Chinese and stroke order is so important! When I lived in China, people would scrawl these crazy notes and knowing which direction their pens were moving was kind of essential. When I try to tell people about it though - like when kids are copying characters for fun like art - they're always like, it's not important and we have nothing like that. But the alphabet is a bit like that. You can often tell if someone formed a little a little bit weird. It makes the handwriting look "off" somehow. But NZMama - I think it's hardly the end of the world. I know there are some things for lefties that are a little different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post

    NZmama - speaking as a lefty, there shouldnt be much difference. I believe downward and left to right strokes originated when pen ink was very wet. And just try pushing a calligraphy nib upwards! Crossing a “t” right to left is going to leave a trailing mess going over the letter before you start the next one.
    I would suggest that when you practice “handwriting” that you focus on those issues, and not when it is the content that is important. My oldest didnt consistently write with proper case and direction until he was in firstish grade. DS6 (who has been in OT since he was 2) mixes his upper and lower case together in words.
    Thanks. So far that is what I had been doing. I just really did not know what bits to bother with. The letter formation in Handwriting without Tears is already so different from the NZ school chart I found online but I can't find any books that are for learning the NZ way because I guess its all in school and they don't publish anything for the very few homeschoolers that there are.

    So how do you go with other things like pencil sharpeners, vegetable peelers, can openers etc. The only leftie I know said she just learned to use right handed ones. DD gets really frustrated by them but I don't really want to get her left handed versions (do they exist?).
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    Is she too old for an app like “Letter School?” In game format, stroke order and direction is enforced.
    LetterSchool - Learn to Write! by Letterschool Enabling Learning B.V.
    (I dont think that link from App Store worked. Here is the company site.)
    LetterSchool – Learn the world to write and read!

    As far as lefty tools, Ive gotten along fine without them. Can openers, I have to crank with my right hand.... but Im left handed, not an amputee! I even use the mouse with my right hand. (I also learned to shoot pool as a rightie, when I discovered this, it was super easy to switch to left.)
    Scissors probably should be bought for the left-handed grip, but that is only for comfort. Until you buy expensive scissors, left-handed scissors dont fix the view for the cutting surface.
    I have two pairs of expensive left-bladed scissors for my quilting and applique work. Unless your DD needs that sort of precision (and cost about $50/pair), the other kind will work fine - just know that she wont be able to see the line she is cutting on.
    As a leftie, I was able to drive a stick shift, use the 10key pad on the right, and everything else without special accomodation. I was also able to teach my right-handed kids pencil grip and writing.
    Sometimes I think lefties make too much out of their difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    The book is on Amazon... I haven't been linking it because I still haven't seen the cover as printed to make sure it looks just right. Also because it's a holiday week. But I'll link it here. In secret. A pre-release announcement of sorts.
    I'm going to see if I can get my local library to purchase this. There are never enough books about homeschooling at the middle school level!

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