“Pencil” is one of the important & powerful tool used during the development of the child.
Pencil is an instrument used for writing and drawing. (Consisting of think stick of graphite known as lead)
In the learning age the development of gross motor and fine motor skills is very important.
Just in a few lines for easy understanding.
What is child development?
This process involves learning and mastering skills.
Children’s develop skills in 5 main areas:
The child’s ability to learn and solve problems.
2.Social & Emotional Development:
The child’s ability to interact with others and helping themselves and self-control.
3.Speech and Language Development:
The child’s ability to both understand and use words, build sentences, and learning language etc.
4.Gross Motor Skills:
It involves the larger muscles in the arms, legs.Gross motor activities include walking, running, lifting, kicking etc.
5.Fine Motor Skills:
Skills are achieved when the children learn to use their smaller muscles in the hands, fingers & wrist.Fine motor activities include holding, eating, writing etc.
So I am sure the basic understanding about skill development is well understood.
Every child goes through this process.
Now, moving towards the topic.
Children often like playing right… But why?
Because they get familiar with the activity of playing repetitive ways in which they start enjoying and also the gross motor skills are developing. Because often the fun side of playing is shown to the kids and put under observation for them.
Now similarly we need to introduce them to one of the important & powerful articles which is PENCIL in a fun and interesting way which the parents miss out often and then parents start complaining about the child not showing interest in writing ( Point to think and question our self )
Suddenly one day a pencil is given to the child and we expect them to start writing with help or without help. For the child it becomes difficult to understand the importance of it simply because it wasn’t introduced to them before hand.
So let’s learn something new today.
1.Build a surprise.
2.Introduce the pencil to the child in fun or generous way.( touch and feel )
Under the guidance of parents without sharpening the pencil.
3.Tell them what a pencil is?
What does a pencil do?
The black dot is the lead
So that the child gets familiar with the article that they would be using all their life.
4.Help them to learn some warm up exercises for the beginning before they start writing.
• Rolling the pencil forward and backward. (using the thumb & following 2 fingers ) Or ( keeping the pencil in between the palm of both hands and roll forward & backward )
• Picking the pencil from the surface &
keeping it back again – Repeat
Maybe for a week you can follow the exercises.
5.By next week the child will get familiar with pencil and will have a friendly approach towards the pencil. Hence the child will associate with it better and in much positive way.
6.Following week then you can build a surprise where you can sharpen the pencil and show the child as to show how led comes outward. Trust me the child will be just mesmerized, surprised to the fullest and they will enjoy with their divine innocence.
The important things to be taken care of at the initial stage of writing.
• Warm up
• Grips needs to learned
• Repetition and Practise
• If the pencil is held with incorrect grip then
it leads to pain in the finger.
• The standard grip can be applied.
• To hold the pencil correctly, you just need your first three fingers.
• Thumb: its strong and its helps to push the pencil
• Index finger: It will guide the pencil to move in every direction.
• The tallest finger: is used to rest the pencil upon.
• Space between thumb and index finger. ( thin line space )
• Other two finger will rest one below the after.
• Tiny finger will rest on the surface.
Just remember to make it a Fun learning process .
You can create your own unique ways to make it more interesting for the child and you will see the difference in the child’s approach towards writing.
All the Best ! let’s connect to build connections and keep connecting.