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Letter Formation.

It is important that a child holds a pencil the correct way and this habit should be cultivated from as young as 2 1/2 years old o younger. The earlier the better.

Show the child the ‘tripod’ or pencil grip using the thumb and first two fingers. A little bit of force or persuasion might be needed in the beginning if the child doesn’t do it properly.

The Roman letter formation is also another activity a child will learn at school, making sure they learn the correct formation from the beginning too. And for this we use the sandpaper letter in a Montessori classroom, emphasising on using the first two fingers when tracing the small letter alphabet.

Pre-writing activities are essential tools to prepare a child for formal or actual writing, and should be introduced to children as young as 18 months and above. Several suggested pre-writing activities are as below:

  • playdough
  • finger phonics
  • air writing
  • pencil work in work book (\/\/\/\/) or (|_|_|_|_|_)
  • hair gel tactile bag
  • sandpaper letter
  • tactile paint table
  • interactive white board
  • chalk board/white board

And hence, I must remember to prepare the playdough with the children next Monday!!


January 16, 2010 - Posted by | Literacy |


  1. Thanks for posting this! I have been observing my daughter’s grip for awhile now and even posted about it’s changing status. This video is an excellent resource! One thing that works for us is short/small pieces of chalk or crayons and triangular pencils.

    Comment by Amy | April 23, 2010

  2. Amy: Thanks for visiting my blog. I fancy ur blog too,especially the photos and have linked it under Educational Blog.

    Comment by rani | June 30, 2010

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