Do you have difficulty distinguishing Left from Right?
Of my five children, three grasped the concept of left and right with little or no difficulty. The other two, however, have a challenge. The challenge is not a reflection of intelligence, as one of my children works above grade level and always is on honor roll. What about you? Was the mastery of Left and Right easy or do you still have difficulty?
I get jumbled with directional words, not necessarily the concept. If someone tells me to go right, I'll have to make L's with my fingers to get it straight.
When I am giving directions, I can always point the right way, but I don't always say the correct word. So I think the words just aren't correctly labeled in my mental map.
The memory aid that helped me remember left from right as a child was to extend your hand with fingers up and thumb pointing sideways. Your left hand makes a natural 'L'. Never had a problem since.
I don't find it difficult to distinguish left from right but the method that I use is slightly bizarre. In a split second, the memory of the exact time my father explained which way was which by using a crossroads we came to in a car comes to my mind. Every time I assess left from right or vice versa that scenario comes to my mind before my brain comes to a final conclusion.
Yes, I have always had to stop and think about which is right and which is left. I am ambidextrous so I wondered if that was why since I don't reference my writing hand. Or I am just quirky. But even after 60 years I have to pause and think about it.
As a Pre-K teacher, I usually offer children who are struggling with this concept a little cheat. Take both of your hands and make a football goal with your pointer fingers and your thumbs (pointers up, thumbs almost touching in the center. The one that looks like an "L" is your left hand.
I am right handed. One thing that helped me remember was that I "write with my right". I also liked the "L" with the left hand method described below. Good luck!
Once you know whether you write with your left or right hand, it would not be hard to distinguish left from right, and vice versa.
I remember in elementary school, in gym class, the teacher would give instructions like, "go to your left three steps." It would slow me down because I had to think about it each and every time. I still do sometimes, but driving helped because a right or left turn is so obvious (one is wide and one is narrow.) Trouble with direction is a possible sign of dyslexia. I always had high grades too but I think I may have had a mild case of dyslexia.
Yes. There appear to be weak synapses between the cognitive and language areas of my brain. I often say the opposite of what I mean or act opposite an instruction unless I force myself to think about the meaning of the words involved. After 60 years and an M.A. in linguistics, it's not likely to improve. Those close to me have learned to adapt.
I'm 24 and it still takes me a second to process left and right, longer in a a stressful situation. I have always done well in school and tested high but it's a form of dyslexia. I also wrote backwards for quite a while too but then so did Da Vinci.
I have never experienced this difficulty, but taught many children who did have some degree of difficulty. I've used the method, as many others who have answered the question, of making an L with the left hand. To reinforce the concept I would have treasure hunts that required turning left or right. It has always worked, so hopefully you can assist your children.
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