How to Help Your Preschooler Hold a Pencil Correctly

November 27, 2017

It’s not uncommon for children in early elementary to really struggle with handwriting. Not being able to write well can demotivate children, make them feel stupid, or cause them to dislike school.

But did you know that handwriting problems are often connected to the way your child holds a pencil? If your child arrives at kindergarten holding a pencil incorrectly, it usually takes a while to correct this grip, which, in turn delays proper handwriting and can cause the serious problems above. 

In other words, problems with handwriting often begin several years before kindergarten. They're often several years in the making.

You may remember that your child’s doctor began testing his or her pincer grip around a year old. These muscles in the thumb and pointer finger are crucial to holding a pencil correctly.

Just like any other muscles, these muscles require development. Teaching your preschooler how to hold a pencil correctly can ultimately serve to facilitate proper handwriting and encourage active learning.

Here are five ways to teach your preschooler to hold a pencil correctly.

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Explaining Thanksgiving to Your Preschooler

November 20, 2017

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, you’re likely looking forward to celebrating with family and friends. 

Although your preschooler will have some time off school, that doesn’t mean it’s downtime for you. You’re likely finishing up (or maybe even starting) your plans and making Thanksgiving dinner food runs. But thanksgiving isn’t just about food or even just about family. It’s about gratefulness to God for his constant, gracious provision.

They say you don’t really know something until you can teach it. Want to run a little experience? Ask your child to tell you what Thanksgiving is all about. I bet you’ll get a great Facebook post out of that or at least a good chuckle. At the very least, you’ll likely get an opportunity to explain the holiday.

Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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5 Ways to Help Your Preschooler Show Gratitude

November 13, 2017

Thanksgiving is a natural time to express gratitude, but that doesn’t mean expressing gratitude is natural. As we look to this holiday season, how can you help your preschooler be grateful?

Here are five simple activities to turn your preschooler’s heart to gratitude during this Thanksgiving season.

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