So last week I started my left handed letter writing practice worksheet series but I am going have to call it “Learning with the Scruggbugs” or something similar from now on. You see, I went to Open House last night and I learned something from another parent and my son’s first grade teacher.
The other mom was concerned because her child was still writing letters his letters backwards.
The teacher went on to explain that this practice is common in kindergartners and first graders. The habit would fade as the year progressed and they practiced letter writing more.
Wait, what? I had to butt in and say, “It doesn’t have anything to do with being a lefty!?” The teacher laughed.
And several others laughed because their kids do it too.
So I apologize to all of you parents of lefties that downloaded my last printable because it was geared towards left handed children. Our kids are not especially challenged by writing letters in the correct direction! They are commonly challenged.
Here’s to all of our common mistake making kids!
Though I say that jokingly, I really do think that kids these days are so propped up on their extraordinariness (I think I made that word up) that it puts extra pressure on them to be “special.” In other cases, children may feel that normal things that they should be doing (like helping with household chores or being kind to a friend) is some grand accomplishment that they should be rewarded for doing. This goes along with my feelings about “participation trophies” and soccer games where there is no “score” kept so there are no winners/losers.
Hello–the kids keep score. We all win sometimes and we all lose sometimes. That happens throughout life so shouldn’t they be used to it?
Okay, I will jump off my soapbox. Here is the next printable in the series. Click on the worksheet to print it!
I am not going in order of the alphabet. I am actually doing the worksheets in the order of most-frequently-messed-up-by-my-kids. These letter writing worksheets are used in my house. Since this is only the second week of school, my kindergartner doesn’t have homework yet but my first grader does. She works on my practice sheets while he does his homework.