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:
- 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!!