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  Getting Ready
If you write with your LEFT hand . . .
Sit tall.
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Hold your pencil like this.
Pull the pencil toward you when you write.
Slant your paper.
Hold it with your right hand.
Place your feet on the floor.
           Present Practice
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• Explain to children that how they sit, hold their pencil, and place their feet are all important in helping them do their best handwriting.
• Divide the children into two groups based on whether they are left-handed or right-handed. Since the left-handed children will be the smaller group (estimates range from 7 percent to 13 percent of the population is left-handed), you may want to seat this smaller of the two groups at a table together.
• Read aloud the title. Explain that just as they have to put
on warm coats, hats, mittens, and boots to get ready to go outside when it is cold, they also have to do certain things to get ready if they want to do their best handwriting.
• Read through the guidelines as listed one by one—first for the left-handed group and then read the same guideline while addressing the right-handed group.
• Circulate and assist children. If you have children seated at tables or desks where they cannot place their feet flat on the floor, you may want them to switch seats. It may be necessary in some instances for children to use a footrest to be able to place their feet flat.
• Point out that children should use their first three fingers (thumb and two fingers) to hold the pencil. You may want to use the phrase “Use the first three to hold it right.”
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