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Teaching a child how to correctly hold a pencil is a basic foundational skill for learning and self expression. It is a fundamental gift that each child should receive. There are many reasons why today’s child receives limited education on how to correctly hold a writing utensil, including:

  • Our society is in the midst of a primary focal shift to technology.
  • We are receiving a false public message that handwriting will soon be obsolete and replaced with keyboarding.
  • Colleges have removed handwriting from teacher education.
  • Parents of today’s child also received limited education on correct pencil grip (this is a second generation problem), so children are entering school with little to no prior instruction on how to hold a pencil/crayon.

The problems arising from the lack of pencil grip education are many, including:

  • Children are growing up believing that they are “not good at writing” or that “writing is too hard.”
  • An incorrect pencil grip is often an unnecessary road block for academic success.
  • Along with a broad range decrease in other fine motor activities, children are presenting to us with more performance based deficits.
  • Writing has become a gross motor activity for many people because they do not hold the writing device correctly.
  • Incorrect pencil grips are associated with the perception of decreased abilities.
  • Incorrect pencil grips are often a distraction from the real task at hand.

It is important for schools to convey that written expression and technology can co-exist, and share equal yet varied importance in a child’s successful academic experience.

The “My Pencil Grip Rocks” series is a fun and playful way to teach children proper pencil grip via a school wide initiative. It teaches children the correct way to hold a pencil, and the “why” behind it.  The series allows for ongoing focus on pencil grip, which is necessary to illicit change. It brings to the forefront a message that your school wants academic and future success for all children in all areas of life. For independent schools, it helps send the message that we want to send the most academically capable and competent child on to college.