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05/29/2017
Believe it or not, your child's pencil grip can have an important influence in their life. Not only will it affect their penmanship and drawing abilities, but it can also affect its fine-motor skills and health (e.g. in the form of sever Carpal Tunnel Syndrome). If your child is starting to write, now it's the time to help them grip their pencil the right way, before they're set in their ways with an incorrect hold. For a few tips on this matter, continue reading.

How to Teach a Child to Hold a Pencil


Teach Them the Tripod Grip

Of course, you first need to tell them the correct way to hold a pencil. Commonly referred to as the tripod grip, this method uses the thumb and middle and index fingers to provide an ergonomic grip.

Use a Pencil Grip Aid

If you want to facilitate your child's learning process, employ a pencil grip aid. You could even supply one with bright colors or fun designs to make them more eager to place their fingers appropriately.

Give Them a Shorter Pencil

Often times, children will try to grip a writing tool with their entire palm. A way to keep them from doing this is to give them a shorter pencil that won't allow enough space for them to do that.

Correct Them

It may seem tiring, but one of the best ways to help your child learn the right grip is to correct them whenever you see them doing it incorrectly.

Make Sure They Practice

Finally, as with any other skill, practice makes perfect. Give your child enough opportunities to practice the correct pencil grip, until they begin to employ it naturally.

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If your young child is currently enrolled in kindergarten, help them succeed with early age tutoring sessions at The Tutoring Center, Houston TX. One-to-one instruction can have a very beneficial impact on their academic life. Call 713-589-7061 to learn more about early age tutoring in Houston TX, or to request a free diagnostic assessment.
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