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01/19/2018
Your child's penmanship, artistic abilities, and fine-motor skills may depend on one thing: the way they hold their pencil. That's why it's imperative that you teach them the correct pencil grip early on. For tips on the matter, read the post below.

How to Teach a Child to Hold a Pencil Correctly

  1. You first need to let them know what the correct grip is. Using the tripod grip (where they hold the pencil with their thumb, middle, and index fingers) is the most ergonomic and supportive way to employ their writing tools.
  2. To help your child get comfortable with the tripod grip, you can give them a pencil grip aid. You could even get them one with fun colors and patterns to get them excited about using it.
  3. Many times, children use their whole hand to grip their writing tools. To keep yours from doing that, give them shorter pencils that will limit their gripping space.
  4. Your child will have to learn to coordinate their fingers to do the tripod grip, which can take some time and getting used to. During that process, be sure to correct them if they make any mistakes.
  5. Lastly, you should guarantee that your child practices the appropriate pencil grip regularly. To that end, give them drawings they can color, notebooks they can write on, and more, so they can perfect their technique.

If you have a young child, enroll them in early age tutoring in Long Beach CA. Call The Tutoring Center, Long Beach CA at 562-653-4380 to learn about their academic programs, or to schedule a free diagnostic assessment.

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