Specific exercises to strengthen and loosen the muscles are of particular importance to left-handed children. The shape of letters and the motor skills required for our script are tailored to meet the needs of right-handers. For this reason, left-handers frequently have to push their pencil across the page rather than pulling it like a right-hander. Often arcs, arcades and circles have to be created by performing counter-intuitive movements. In contrast to right-hand writing, this involves different groups of muscles; this muscle strain may be offset with the help of ergonomic pencils, like the FABER-CASTELL mechanical pencil and the junior fountain pen available for left or right hand use. There are only few scripts allowing for an adjustment of writing direction to accommodate the needs of left-handers.
First handwriting exercises involving letter drawing require the utmost concentration on the part of children who are about to start school. In this context, the quality of handwriting generated by means of their left or right hand cannot be regarded as a meaningful criterion for determining handedness. What is typical of left-handed children, however, is the fact that they are trying to start reading or writing in the upper right hand corner of the sheet. Moreover, letters or words written the wrong way round or as a mirror image are also typical of left-handers. Nonetheless, right-handed children also tend to mix up letters and words while they are learning to write.
At any rate, left-handed children should be supported by the right tools: the FABER-CASTELL children’s scissors suitable for left and right hand use, the triangular mechanical pencil with a soft grip zone for a secure non-slip grip, Jumbo GRIP lead and colour pencils in a triangular shape or the special Faber-Castell junior fountain pen available for right and left hand use.
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