I grew up in a household where ambidexterity was encouraged. My Mother is naturally left hand dominant but in school she was taught to write with her right hand. She became an accomplished pianist, she is a gifted seamstress and she is the fastest typists I know next to my sister, who is the fastest typists I have ever known and she is also Ambidextrous. My brother is also ambidextrous as am I. My siblings and are all naturally Right hand dominant but we are Consciously Ambidextrous.
Through the years ambidexterity has served me well. As a Hairdresser I am able to utilize both right or left handed shears which I feel gives me a creative edge. As a Cosmetology Instructor I feel I’m able to help Left handed students achieve success in a Right hand dominant profession. I utilize ambidexterity in playing piano, painting, writing and in just about every aspect of daily living.
Recognizing the value of Ambidexterity as a Home School Educator, I choose to encourage my children to be Ambidextrous.
I began encouraging ambidexterity in infancy with my children. But you can encourage ambidexterity at any age.
Opportunities to incorporate ambidexterity into your home school day are endless. Simply do what ever you normally do during your home school day, stop and say “OK, today we’re going to try something different. Instead of using our dominant hand to (insert whatever you’re doing) we’re going to try to use our other hand” Encourage them, give them hand over hand assistance if necessary to complete the task with their non-dominent hand. At first their efforts might be sloppy but encourage them to show them the value in their effort. With time and practice they will strengthen, improve and benefit from the ability to functionally use both hands that God created them with.
In addition, challenge yourself to practice Ambidexterity. Try consciously using your non-dominant hand in daily living. There is no downside to this practice, you will only strengthen yourself.