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04/12/2017
Considering the years of handwriting and drawing which a young child faces, it's important to ensure they have the correct pencil gripping technique. This is because it's not just a matter of preference, the way you hold a pencil can influence your penmanship, fine motor skills, among other abilities. If your child is starting to write, this is the time for them to learn to hold a pencil correctly (before they get comfortable with a poor grip). To read more about how you can help them, refer to the post below.

How to Teach a Child to Hold a Pencil Correctly

  1. To begin with this process, you first need to tell your child what the correct way to hold a pencil is. The tripod grip, which involves the thumb, middle, and index fingers providing the necessary support while allowing an ergonomic hold.
  2. Coordinating fingers may be challenging for a younger child. To help them in this department, offer a pencil grip aid. This will teach them to place their fingers correctly.
  3. One of the most common ways children hold pencils is with their entire hand: they enclose the pencil with their palm to form a fist around it. To get rid of this habit, give them a shorter pencil that won't allow them the space to grip it in that manner.
  4. If you notice that your child is already comfortable with a pencil grip that isn't good for them, try your best to correct them. This means that, though it may seem tiring, you should point out whenever you see them engage in bad gripping habits.
  5. As a final tip, provide your child with enough practice opportunities. Make them draw or write on pieces of paper until they feel comfortable holding their pencil the right way.

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