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How your child holds a pencil can have consequences on their fine-motor skills, their penmanship, their artistic abilities, and more. Teach them the right gripping method with the tips below.

How to Teach a Child to Hold a Pencil Correctly

  1. First things first: you should teach your child about the tripod grip. This is the most ergonomic way to hold a pencil. The tripod grip consists of holding the writing tool with the thumb, the middle, and the index fingers.
  2. It can be difficult for a young child to get used to the tripod grip, especially if they haven't developed their fine-motor skills fully. For that reason, you should get them a pencil grip aid. If you provide a colorful one, they may be more excited to use it.
  3. Another method that can deter them from using their whole hand to grab a pencil, is to give them shorter pencils. This way, they won't have as much gripping space.
  4. As stated, getting used to the correct gripping method can be challenging to a child. That's why, it's important that you pay attention to how they grip their writing tools, and that you correct them whenever needed.
  5. Lastly, you should remember that practice makes perfect, which is why you should allow your child to practice often.  For example, encourage them to practice their writing or to draw often, so they can get used to the correct gripping technique.

Enroll your child in one-to-one tutoring in Charlotte NC to help them develop as a successful student and learner. Call The Tutoring Center, Charlotte NC at (704) 321-0333 for more information.


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