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How to Teach Right and Left

Which way to go? Learning left from right is a life lesson that is easier grasped earlier than later in life.


  • Step 1: Practice in the car. Ask your child what way you need to turn or what side of the street your house is on while driving.
  • Step 2: Keep practicing. Repetition is key to successful learning and remembering.
  • FACT: Left-handed people are more likely to suffer from mental disabilities, yet thrive at direct one-on-one sports such as boxing and tennis.
  • Step 3: Explain to your child why learning right from left is important. Use these directions with your child throughout the day so they have an increased desire to learn.
  • Step 4: Play the hokey pokey. Put your right arm in, put your right arm out, and so on and so forth.
  • TIP: This step will only work if your child knows the alphabet and can understand that "L" is for left.
  • Step 5: Write left and right on your child's hands. This will be a constant reminder for your child.
  • TIP: You can also do this with the tops of their feet.
  • Step 6: Use the forefinger thumb trick. Make a fist with both hands. Point your forefinger up to the ceiling and both your thumbs toward each other. Show your child that the one that make the "L" is the left hand.

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