I’m a little frustrated when it comes to teaching my youngest to hold a pencil properly. Sometimes he uses all of his fingers and other times he uses the thumb and first two fingers. He tells me his teacher tells him to use his thumb and pointer. That’s hard to do even for me. I’m confused. The diagram sent home shows the illustration holding the pencil with two fingers and a thumb.
My son writes wonderfully with chalk, even better than he writes with a pencil. He’s learning how to write and we practice every day.
But I’m not JUST concerned about that.
I’ve been told often that boys simply don’t like to color. I never really pushed him to color outside of the homework sent home from nursery and PreK in previous years.
Everyday, he brings home a coloring/drawing assignment. He moves his crayon using his entire hand while coloring in the circles or shapes. I am now concerned that he doesn’t move his wrist or fingers back and forth. He moves his whole arm back and forth instead, causing the crayon to screech piercing my already too sensitive ears.
Is this the problem? The motion of his hand, not my ears.
What’s a mom to do? I’m a lefty teaching a righty how to grip. I did that, but how do I make him move his wrist back and forth to color? This has a lot to do with his fine motor skills, and I admit that I could have done more to encourage my son to draw, scribble, write, color. But why is is that he writes so much better on our chalk board than on a sheet of paper?
It sounds like I’ll be spending some time this Christmas break coloring and writing. Alot.
Although my son is no longer a toddler, if your child is having difficulty with this as well, here are a few tips for toddlers to help promote a good grip and tips to help your child with his/her fine motor skills.
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