Saturday, November 6, 2010

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Today at Imagination-Cafe.com we have a wonderful new addition to our Science Department.

Is your child left-handed?  Even if they're not Your Left Can Be Right Too by By Carina DeSwardt is a fun and educational article about being a "leftie." 

Here's a sneak peek...
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                                  Your Left Can Be Right Too
       by Carina DeSwardt

Has any one called you lefty or southpaw? Or told you that you were using the wrong hand? You are not alone. In fact, you are part of a minority group in a world dominated by right-handed people. About 15 percent of the world’s population is left-handed.

Left-handedness is genetic: it runs in families. If you have a parent who is left-handed, you’ve have a 25 percentchance of being left-handed. There are more left-handed men than women.

Upside Down World:

The world is set up for right-handers. It can be very frustrating for left-handers to learn basic skills such as writing, cutting with scissors and using a ruler to draw a line.

If left-handers sits next to right-handed classmates, they end up bumping elbows as they write. It is a challenge for left-handers using a computer mouse and wind a wristwatch with the right hand.

Forcing the Right Hand:

Not so long ago, many people thought left-handers were wrong and clumsy. Many superstitious people thought being left-handed would bring bad luck. A hundred years ago,when left-handers went to school, it was not unusual for their teachers to tie their left hands behind their back and spank them if they used their left hands. That was common practice in a lot of cultures and societies.

Left-handers can learn to write with their right hand if they are less than nine years of age. But they will still use their left hand for other activities such as eating, throwing a ball, or cutting.

There are no advantages to switching hands, but there may be disadvantages, such as having difficulty knowing left from right, and even stuttering and stammering...
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Read the rest of this awesome article, including famous left-handers, and take the fun quiz at;
http://imagination-cafe.com/weekly/science/lefthand.asp

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