Our Reasons for Home Education:

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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Left-Handed Learners

I was myself a left-handed learner and remember the pain and agony of having been forced to become right-handed. Handwriting was the one area where I failed all my life & this didn’t do my self-esteem much good. To this day I still write like a crab & am unable to even do my signature consistently the same.

According to Wikipedia there are 4 types of handedness:

  • Right-handedness is most common. Right-handed people are more dexterous with their right hands when performing tasks. A variety of studies suggest that 70–90% of the world population is right-handed.[4][5]
  • Left-handedness is less common than right-handedness. Left-handed people are more dexterous with their left hands when performing tasks. A variety of studies suggest that approximately 10% of the world population is left-handed.[6]
  • Mixed-Handedness is the change of hand preference between different tasks. This is common in the population with about a 30% prevalence.[1]
  • Ambidexterity is exceptionally rare, although it can be learned. A truly ambidextrous person is able to do any task equally well with either hand. Those who learn it still tend to favour their originally dominant hand.[2]

This article, How to Determine if Your Child is Left or Right Handed by Backup Care describes Hand Dominance as well as the Indicators for Hand Dominance.

Below are some links with info & suppliers that might help you avoid similar struggles with your left-handed learners.

Local Info & Suppliers

Left-handedness is not a curse by Isebell Gauche

Left-Handed Child in the Child Magazine. Left-handedness used to be a stigma that parents and teachers tried to eradicate. Here are some tips for keeping that in the past. by Denise Pape



Left-hand Learning is a South African website that offers a comprehensive service dedicated to left-hand learners, their parents and educators!! Providers of left-hand products and workshops. Email Tracy or contact +27 (83) 417-3316


are the main Importers and suppliers of ergonomically designed left handed stationery and accessories for children and adults. Email Admin or contact +27 (11) 794-1696

International Info & Suppliers

LeftHandedChildrenOn this website you will find all the information and advice you’ll need to help left-handed children from nursery right through their school days to overcome the annoyances and frustrations of living in a right-handed world. You’ll find lots of ideas and resources specifically for left-handers, giving them the best techniques for adapting right-handed teaching and resources across the school curriculum. Armed with these techniques, left-handed children can learn new skills confidently and efficiently, without awkwardness or frustration, leaving them free to achieve their potential.

alh_logoLeft-handed products and information for lefthanders since 1968. Offers over 250 left handed products  that make a REAL difference -  see how YOU can benefit from  using left-handed equipment.

Rosemary West's Left Handed Page Your left hand, your right hand, and both sides of your brain

Please visit this page frequently as I will be posting regular updates as I find more resources.

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