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Your child's penmanship, artistic abilities, fine-motor skills, among other areas of their life, can be influenced by how they hold a pencil. To teach yours the right way, continue reading.

How to Teach a Child to Hold a Pencil Correctly

  1. How can you expect your child to grip the pencil correctly if you haven't thought them what that is? For that reason, the first thing you should do is teach them the most ergonomic option: the tripod grip. It makes use of the index, thumb, and middle fingers.
  2. You may deem it easy, but for a young child with undeveloped fine-motor skills, the tripod grip can be a challenge. To help your child become more familiar with it, provide a pencil grip aid. You can even find one with bright colors and patterns to motivate your child to use it.
  3. One of the most common ways in which children grab a pencil is with their whole hand. To deter this in your child, you should give them shorter pencils that will reduce the amount of gripping space.
  4. Needless to say, since this is a new skill they're learning, it's possible that your child will have a hard time getting used to the tripod grip. That's why, every time you see them use an incorrect gripping technique, you should correct them.
  5. Last but not least, as with any other skill, practice makes perfect. Guarantee that your child has enough practice opportunities (like drawing, scribbling, writing, and more) until they become familiar and can master the tripod grip.

Enroll your young child in early age tutoring in The Woodlands TX. Call The Tutoring Center, The Woodlands TX at (281) 602-3839 to request a free diagnostic assessment.


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