Parents usually watch out for all of the important aspects of childhood learning. However, even for the most attentive parents, small details such as the importance of a good pencil grip can go unnoticed. And why is this important?
For one, a good pencil grip facilitates legibility, letter formation, speed and endurance. An efficient pencil grip is one in which the writing tool is controlled only through finger movements. This occurs when the pinky side of the hand supports the whole hand against the writing surface, allowing the other fingers to hold and move the pencil/pen/crayon.
Holding a pencil or pen correctly requires strong finger and hand muscles and dexterity. A correct pencil grip will enable the writer to move the fingers, controlling the pencil or pen with efficient finger movements. The ability to hold a pencil correctly can affect a child’s attitude to learning and school work, their academic achievement as well as their motor/joint development. Incorrect pencil grip is painful and causes the child’s hand and arm to fatigue quickly.
According to experts, 3 yrs old is an ideal age to start learning correct pencil grip. A great way for kids to exercise pencil grip is through art classes, where they’ll learn to draw, colour, and follow patterns. Kids who learn correct pencil grip enjoy fine motor activities more, as their hands don’t get sore from drawing and colouring.
At Bee School, we help children to develop fine motor control and a good pencil grip during their art lessons.