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.