The Tutoring Center, Centennial, CO



For a young child, learning the correct way to hold a pencil can be a challenge, since they haven't developed their fine-motor skills fully. To help your child out in this respect, follow the tips below.

How to Teach a Child to Hold a Pencil Correctly

  1. First things first: you can't expect to child to hold their pencil correctly if they don't know what the correct gripping method is. Teach them the most ergonomic technique, the tripod grip, which employs the middle finger, the index finger, and the thumb.
  2. A way you can ensure that your child starts getting used to the correct gripping technique, is to employ a pencil grip aid. This will force them to use the aforementioned tripod grip. Provide a colorful one that can get them excited to use it.
  3. Most of the time, children grip their pencils with their whole hand. One way to keep them from doing that, is to give them shorter pencils to write with. This will limit their gripping space.
  4. It may take a while for your child to master the right way to grab a pencil. While they do, it's necessary that you correct them whenever you notice that they're using the wrong method.
  5. Finally, it's imperative that you provide your child with practice opportunities. The more they employ the correct technique, the more they'll master it. To that end, encourage them to draw often.

Enroll your child in tutoring in Centennial CO to help them become a better student. Call The Tutoring Center, Centennial CO at (303) 800-0540 to request a free diagnostic assessment.


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