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06/08/2017
You may not remember, but there was a time when you didn't know how to hold a pencil correctly. Now, you may think of this ability as a given, but it isn't. It is something that needs to be taught. That's why, if you have a child at home, you should follow the tips below to teach them the correct way to grip a pencil. If you don't, they may end up having inadequate fine-motor skills and penmanship!

How to Teach a Child to Hold a Pencil Correctly

  1. Of course, start with the basics: let them know how to hold the pencil. Known as the tripod grip, it is the most ergonomic way to provide support for the pencil. To do it, your child should envelop the tool with the thumb, middle and index fingers.
  2. It's probable that your child will struggle to try to coordinate their fingers. To help them in this department, provide a pencil grip aid. Give them one with fun colors and designs so they feel more eager to use it.
  3. Often times, children will hold writing tools with their whole hand. To ensure yours doesn't, you could simply give them a shorter pencil that won't have enough room for them to do that.
  4. As it happens when learning anything, mistakes will be made (especially if your child has already become comfortable with a bad gripping technique). In those cases, it is up to you to correct them and help them get used to the appropriate pencil grip.
  5. Finally, as you know, practice makes perfect. So, for your child to get comfortable with the right gripping method, they will need to practice it as often as possible. Provide opportunities for them to do so (e.g. give them colors and a coloring book).

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Early tutoring can benefit your young child, as it will provide the basic tools they will need to succeed academically once they enroll in school. Call The Tutoring Center, Missouri City TX at 281-410-5946 to learn more about tutoring in Missouri City TX, or to schedule a free consultation.

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