Beginning to Write

Writing
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As a middle school teacher, I still see kids with immature pencil grips. I wonder how they got to this point in their school career with this grip and the messy handwriting that seems to go along with it. I then wonder how I can teach my sons how to write while holding their pencil correctly and without stress and frustration. In my quest for answers, I found a useful book called The Write Start: A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories by Jennifer Hallissy. The author is an occupational therapist who offers thorough explanations of the stages of writing and activities to promote the use of a correct grip. She even provides step-by-step directions of a correct grip.  I can now encourage my preschooler to move his little fingers a certain way, much to his chagrin.   I’ve also tried some of these activities with him and have seen a difference in his ability to complete the task without the frustration that he sometimes feels.  He doesn’t even know that playing with Play-Doh, finger painting, and using sidewalk chalk are getting his hands ready for handwriting.   It’s been exciting to watch his writing develop from nondescript scribbles to defined circles and lines.

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