Our handwriting books follow DFE and Ofsted guidelines and are good for all left-handed children!
On 1st April 2021 the DFE made an announcement concerning the Validation of Systematic Synthetic Phonics programmes as follows:
Note 3 states: “At first, children should not be taught to join letters [footnote 3] or to start every letter ‘on the line’ with a ‘lead-in’, because these practices cause unnecessary difficulty for beginners. Children may be taught to join the letters in digraphs, but this is optional. (All resources designed for children to read should be in print).”
We are delighted to state, therefore, that our Left Hand Writing Skills books have suitable letter formation for all children as they do not include the “lead-in” cursive stroke.
Enquiry: Hi there
I’m currently 26 years old, and I’ve recently transitioned into copywriting.
I’ve been left-handed all my life, but I wasn’t aware that the way I used to write would effect negatively my posture.
I thought that the smudging was something I couldn’t fix.
I’d love to find out the techniques to fix this problem as my current work does require clear writing.
Can I ask, do you offer any help to adults?
Good morning George
Thank you for your email and your story. I would be more than happy to help you and am confident that we can get this “Smudging” issue sorted for you. 20 minutes on Zoom should get it sorted
Thank you so much Mark, I appreciate how you pointed out the correct way I have to get used to writing now, and the right “tools” I need to make it easier on myself.
I thought I should reach out to you again, to explain how much of a difference to my writing you made with the guides and with just a few minutes of correcting my hand positioning.
It’s with great pleasure that we can announce the publication of “Benji’s Big Day”, an activity book written by Heather! 🙂
It will be in the shop from midday today – rrp is £11.95!
The Lionheart Collection’s first story-led activity book for pre-schoolers is published by the Manuscript Pen Company (https://manuscriptpen.com)
Go on a journey with the Lionheart family as they get ready to celebrate Benji’s big day with reading, writing, colouring, drawing, cutting activities and games! Choose from 44 activities designed to help develop key motor skills, pen control, wipe clean pages to improve hand-eye coordination, letter formation activities, cutting and gluing and so much more!
The book has been has been designed to suit every child, whether left-handed, right-handed – or “Not quite sure yet!”
Whether its ABC or 123, help little ones on their creative journey with Benji’s Big Day activity book. Join Arthur and his Lionheart family as they celebrate Benji’s big day!
Here’s a short video about the new book!
Link here to buy it! https://www.leftshoponline.co.uk/shop/benjis-big-day-activity-book/
After over 25 years of our shop in Worcester, we will be closing the shop on 27th June.
But we shall still keep on the “Left-handed” business with our web site, training and campaigning! You can still contact us by phone (please note new phone number 07747605107) or email.
Sincere thanks to all of you have visited us in Worcester over the past 25 years and have helped keep our business going.
A great article in Toy World about “Lefthander’s Day”!
Tomorrow is “Lefthander’s Day”!
My wife, Heather, and I are delighted to take this opportunity to celebrate 25 years of our shop in Worcester. It has been an amazing journey and we are very grateful to all our wonderful customers who have kept us going!”
We shall be having various activities to test your “handedness”!!
PS There will be some cake etc from 10am!!
From the Telegraph this morning: “My husband had to change polling booth yesterday morning, as the bit of string on the pencil was too short to allow his left-handed X to be written.”
Dr Gail Young
From Viv Smith
“I’m left handed, the daughter of a left hander. I was recently reminded of my experience in primary school aged 8 when a very annoying teacher placed me next to a right hander. I was on his right therefore we battled elbows everyday. When I complained she refused to let us swap sides and cure the problem. I wrote this poem about the event”
Little Laura could only write
With her pen in her left hand, never her right.
Armed like this her words could flow,
Her stories were rich, her ideas would grow.
Her problem was being sat next to Ricky,
Everyone knew he was tough and quite tricky.
Just like his fists, Ricky wrote with his right,
Sprawled over the desk his left hand clenched tight.
He put pen to paper to reveal to his peers
His astonishing wealth of stupid ideas.
Laura sat hunched in a small bit of table
That Ricky had spared her, until she felt able
To move her left arm and free up her mind
From staring at Ricky’s humongous behind.
Laura spoke to the teacher, but poor Mrs Hyde
Was just grateful that Ricky remained occupied.
One day Little Laura sat down on the left.
Then Ricky arrived and looked vaguely bereft.
To have to shift over to the opposite side
Was confusing for Ricky and a matter of pride.
“Just try it” said Laura, “and I think you will see
It’ll work just as well for you as for me”.
Ricky said nothing sitting down with a groan
He took the new seat, fists flexed for a moan.
But when writing began he started to see
The girl had a point, his right arm felt free.
Laura sat upright, her left arm could move
And Ricky, for once, had nothing to prove.
Copyright Viv Smith
A great poem! Any thoughts or comments?