Casey Martin

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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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How Do I Talk with My Preschooler’s Teacher?

September 25, 2017


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My Preschooler Won't Sleep

August 17, 2017

Sleep is important for all of us, but it's doubly important for young children. But what happens when your child isn't falling asleep or when he or she isn't staying asleep? What steps can you make to help your child sleep? 

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Is My Child Ready for Preschool?

July 17, 2017

Judging whether or not your child is ready for preschool is difficult. It seems so subjective. And there's no magic answer or one-size-fits-all approach. So how do you determine the answer to this important question? 

I'm going to suggest a three-part plan.

  1. Evaluate
  2. Investigate
  3. Discuss

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The Signs of Dehydration in Preschoolers

June 26, 2017

Every day we lose liquid that must be replaced. Our bodies do an amazing job of prompting us to drink more when we have lost liquids, but sometimes children (and adults) ignore these impulses. 

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8 Fun Activities for Preschoolers in Charlotte

June 8, 2017

With summer in full swing, we're all trying to find ways to engage with our children and keep them occupied. Check out these 8 fun activities for preschoolers in Charlotte!

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Is My Preschooler Eating Enough?

May 15, 2017

I once had my child's doctor tell me, "I've never had a parent ask me if his child is eating too much, but almost every parent asks if his child is eating enough."

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Being Organized Will Make Your Child’s Life Better

April 27, 2017

Children have an uncanny ability to detect stress levels. You may think you're hiding it well, but your children can feel when you're relaxed and they can feel when you're stressed out.

So what do we do? The way I see it, we have two options. We either get a lot better at hiding our stress or we stop getting stressed so frequently.

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