Dr. Connie Hebert helps kids, parents, and teachers by helping them become experts at catching "the teachable minute" anytime, anywhere! My Teachable Minute Blog offers quick tips on how to engage with younger and older kids. Comments, questions, and reflections are always welcome . . . let's catch a million teachable minutes together!

To correct the ‘pencil grip,’ give the child a fat cotton ball. Position it between the pencil/pen and 3rd finger. The child needs to press that cotton ball against the pencil/pen while writing. If it falls, they have to put it back! Over time, the brain connects the pressure of the 3rd finger against the pencil/pen and will be able to correct the grip consequently….when the 3rd finger presses the cotton ball firmly against the pencil/pen, the thumb and index finger automatically fall into the correct positions! Voila….fix that grip! They will enjoy writing more and their hands won’t hurt as much…

Share your experiences with the ‘pencil grip’…

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