Children can have big hands or little hands. Some prefer a different grip than others. Some just like a certain feel. And some kids like the way one writes more than any other brand. It may be hard to believe, but something as simple as making a pencil change can make all the difference in a child’s performance.
I didn’t discover chubby pencils until several of my children were older but I wish I had known about them sooner. Much easier to hold and easier to stabilize in little hands, these thick pencils could be just what some kids need to gain confidence while learning the mechanics of basic penmanship. On the other hand, some kids may not like them at all. However, if your child is showing signs of struggling, they’re definitely worth a try.
Pencil grips can be useful for positioning, resulting in neater handwriting. Then again, some kids — mine, for example – can never seem to get used to using them at all. Again, worth trying…you just never know.
A properly sharpened pencil means a lot to some children. I don’t like using a dull pencil, so why would I expect a young learner to use one? Purchasing the best hand-held or electric pencil sharpener you can afford will eliminate that variable altogether.
Some curriculum developers have found that other pencil shapes and sizes work best. The folks at Handwriting Without Tears sell little pencils, somewhat like the kind you’d use to keep score at miniature golf, only with an eraser on top. These little pencilsare thought to be the perfect size for Kindergartners and 1st graders.
Browse the shelves of your nearest office supply store or teacher store. Then, surf over to your favorite online supplier to see what else is available. Ask your friends what they’ve tried, too.
A small investment in pencils and writing supplies could yield a huge increase in your child’s level of confidence and handwriting ability. Since good penmanship lasts a lifetime, it could be some of the best money you’ll ever spend!