HELPFUL HANDWRITING PROGRAMMES TO ASSIST YOUNG CHILDREN
There is a excellent programme called Handwriting Without Tears that operates in the US. They train handwriting therapists. If you visit their website you will see they have excellent teaching aids that can be purchased.
If you view the following You Tube clip you will see HWT teacher- Diane showing a little boy the Tripod Grip – how to take hold of a crayon.
As you will see, learning pen grip does need some practise.
Also, practising handwriting little and often (about 15 minutes a day)using handwriting drills and letter formation, is usually sufficient.
Once children have been shown how, they need to be reminded by their teacher, “Are we all holding our pencils correctly?” If some children are having difficulty, they will need more ‘one on one’ attention.
Obviously, the New Entrant teacher, needs to display a firm confident Basic Tripod pen grip, to be able teach handwriting correctly. Young children are likely to copy their teacher’s pen grip.
I would have to say, back in earlier years, 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s primary age children all ‘got it’ (the Basic Tripod grip) without too much drama, and I am sure today’s children are no different, they just need to be shown how to do it, and have correct pen grip reinforced throughout their handwriting lessons.