Learning to hold a pencil correctly is an important skill for preschoolers. Truth be told, many children came to my first grade classroom still holding their pencil in a fist. While this is okay for toddlers who are just learning how to color, preschoolers and kindergartners (without any fine motor delays) should be able to hold their pencil with their thumb and pointer finger. There are a few “tricks” I’ve learned to help children learn how to hold their pencil correctly. Watch this video for 2 of my favorites…
Can’t see the video? Go here.
(Please disregard the “o on the k comment” and the blubbering at the end…I guess I was pretty nervous. I don’t think I’ll ever be comfortable in front of the camera…I would much rather be behind it, thankyouverymuch.) :)
If your child is still struggling even after trying these tips, you might try a pencil grip. I would suggest just trying a variety of different kinds until you find one that works best for your child.
I would also STRONGLY recommend the Handwriting Without Tears Program for teaching your child handwriting. I used it in my classroom and was AMAZED how well it worked!