Research: child and pencil
Children do not know how to grasp their pencil correctly, according to a recent British Guardian survey. According to the experts, children should learn to keep the pencil correctly during their studies at the Kindergarten. However, as this is not always the case, emphasis is placed on the First Primary. The most correct and commonly accepted way to catch the pencil is with the three fingers (thumb – pointer – middle), the fingers that make our cross. In order for a child to catch the pencil correctly, his muscles should be developed on the shoulders and hands. However, research shows that today’s children are increasingly unable to keep a pencil because they do not have the basic driving skills due to the fact that they are too busy with tactile devices.
Because of the prolonged use of electronic devices from an early age, many children have difficulty writing. And this is the case as the touch screens in mobile and tabel make the muscles on their fingers not grow enough to control the direction of the pencils. “Children no longer come to school with the power in their hands and the dexterity they had children 10 years ago,” a recent Guardian report said.
To achieve proper pencil handling, parents should encourage young children to engage in more activities and not only focus on electronic devices. Activities such as climbing, rope pulling, and blockbuster play help the muscles on the shoulders and the hands to strengthen, become more stable, and hence the penetration of the pencil is done in a more rigorous and mature way. It is important that the child begins to grasp the pencil (stick, marker or any type of writing) from all gripping stages and not wait for the pencil to be correctly held.
That is why we should not force small children to properly grasp the pencil and drag them to keep it as we want but give them the time they need to adapt to the correct way of holding the pencil.