Awkward Pencil Grip and What to Do?
My son’s 2nd grade hopes and dreams are poignant to me. We think his handwriting is excessively neat but clearly he’s worried about it because he created this for Parent Curriculum Night at school.
The issue is his awkward pencil grip. He grabs the pencil with a caveman-like grip using all his fingers. The irony is that he had a traditional pencil grip in preschool.
In fact, as a 15-month-old baby, he amazed his Korean grandmother with his proficient use of chopsticks which he held correctly. Can a child lose his fine motor skills so easily?
At age eight, he doesn’t use chopsticks properly anymore reverting to the stab and poke method of a single chopstick and his pencil grip is also different.
He tells us that it feels more comfortable to hold his pencil in this full grab mode.
Anyone have advice? Should we try fat pencils or pencil grips?
Should we not worry about it and assume he will outgrow this, as in “this too shall pass?” In bringing up his pencil grip, are we making worry needlessly?
He’s our youngest so we tend to worry the least about him as parents.
p.s. I love how he erased the word “bad” from his description of his handwriting.
Follow Up to Holding Pencil Incorrectly:
Thank you to all the readers who gave such great advice. I met with his teacher for our usual parent/teacher conference and she said that a triangle grip might help. My son was thrilled to use the grips (the ones I bought doubled as erasers — who knew?!) and he has a stash at home and at school. He says it’s more comfortable to write. He also likes the built-in eraser. PickyKidPix says that the round, squishy pencil grips at Lakeshore Learning are better so I will try to buy some of those as well. I just want to make sure his hand doesn’t get tired. He is writing a lot more in 2nd grade!