Before school starts or within the first few days, you need to talk to the teacher so that he or she will know that your child is left-handed. This is very important information for the teacher because it will determine where your child is seated at a table. If the teacher seats him on the corner, he will not knock elbows with any right-handed children. Also, it will alert the teacher that your son will need special handwriting instruction.
Left-handed children are now taught to write in a style similar to their right-handed classmates. This is accomplished by having them slant their papers to the right instead of the left. Then they are able to write with their hand straight and below the line instead of in a "hooked" position. Be sure to reinforce this paper position whenever your child is writing at home. One of the best ways to help your child learn how to hold a pencil is to have an older child or adult who is also left-handed teach him how to do this.
Your son lives in a right-handed world and is going to need help from you and some special equipment, like left-handed scissors, to adjust. Help him learn to be proud of his uniqueness.