Monday, February 8, 2010

Try and Tell:Holding a pencil

If you have a blog and would like to link up at the bottom, I would love it.  It can be a new post or an old post.  If you are one of the many out there that do not have a blog, well you are in for a treat!  At the end of this post, you can just click from one blog to another finding neat things that other women want to share.  How fun!  Try and Tell will happen every Tuesday (post will be up around 9 pm CST on Mondays) and is like a virtual play date for moms.  Think of it as Show and Tell from our school days, but for grown women.  No you do not have to be a mom of a young kid, or even a mom.  All women love to talk and share with friends.  We are all friends, so share away!

Me first, me first!  [Jumping up and down with my hand waving wildly]

You all know that my son is 3 1/2 years old and attends preschool.  Up until 2 weeks ago, he had absolutely no interest in writing and barely any in drawing.  He just liked to paint, cut with scissors, and use the glue stick.  So I asked him why he didn’t like to write or draw.  He told me it was too hard to do.  So I watched him try to do it.  He was holding the marker in his fist and smushing it into the paper.  He was having a hard time moving the marker around like this.

So I asked his teachers if they had a suggestion for helping him to learn how to hold a pencil/marker.  I was trying to maneuver his finger to show him, but it was extremely frustrating for him and me.  She shared this tip with me and within 2 weeks my son wants to practice writing and is drawing!  So keeping with the theme of Try and Tell, I am sharing it with you.  Here is the video. [If you are reading this in an email or reader, you will have to come to the site to view the video, sorry. But hey, you want to be here any way so you can click on all of the neat ideas others have brought to share with you. :-)]

Now all of you with little girls probably aren’t having as much difficulty with this.  My daughter is only 17 months and is already starting to hold a crayon extremely well and trying to draw.  But little boys are just wired differently.

Please remember that every child develops at a different rate.  This is just a tip to use when you feel your child is ready.

Now it is time for you to tell.  Leave a comment to share your thing for today or add your link below.

18 comments:

  1. I love this tip! My daughter was so reluctant to start writing letters until just recently. I think this would have helped me out. I'm going to try it tomorrow!

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  2. Oh my goodness - I am so trying that tomorrow! My son is almost 4 1/2 and still has not clearly chosen which is his dominant hand so I have been struggling with how to teach him to hold a pencil/marker/etc. I can't wait to try this and see what he does! Thanks!

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  3. What a wonderful tip. Aiyana has been drawing and writing, but I am going to try this tomorrow to see if she gets a better or proper grip.

    BTW, your son is way too cute!

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  4. Super cool tip! And yes, you're right boys are so different! In one day at preschool my daughter creates more crafts to bring home than I saw in an entire year when my son was there! I'm excited to join in Try and Tell (although with a slightly old post)! Thanks for hosting! I love all the new things the blog world teaches me!

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  5. Great idea - I can't wait to try it!

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  6. Oh that was so adorable! And pretty talented too, drawing you upside down!

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  7. This could not have come at a better time! My youngest and I have been getting frustrated for a while now about holding the pencil. I had given up thinking it was too early to start. Now I can start trying again:) Thanks!!!!

    Shea

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  8. What a great tip! My just turned 5 year old still struggles with pencil grip. I think he tries too hard to try to get his fingers right. This way is so easy!

    I linked up an old post for today.

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  9. I hadn't heard that one before. I love it!

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  10. Update- he has been using his left hand all morning, but the trick did not quite work for him. He refuses to put that middle finger under the marker. We'll keep trying though! Thanks!

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  11. What a wonderful idea! I should try this with Austin tomorrow...

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  12. Wow! I haven't seen this tip before and yet it's so simple! Thanks!

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  13. Wow and it work too I tried it with one of my daycare children

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  14. That is a very simple tip. My daughter's teacher told us that using Crayola markers are a good choice for teaching grip because the cap line shows the child where to grip to marker.

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  15. He is so precious! I hadn't heard that tip before but my daughter has been best buds with a pink highlighter for days now:)

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