- demonstrates how letters are formed
- promotes a good pencil grasp and good posture
- encourages regular practice
while Drawing or Writing
Generally, we think of sitting at a desk or table while drawing or writing, but we can also stand at an easel or blackboard, and there are those relaxing times when, with pencil and paper in hand, we lounge or cuddle.Standing While Drawing & WritingWriting or drawing while standing at a vertical surface—an easel, white board, or any vertical surface in a house (wall, fridge, glass door)—has these benefits:
- the hand and forearm fall naturally in the correct position
- arm movement is free—The heel of the hand is not “planted” in one position. When the hand is “planted”, movement is restricted to only the fingers.
- downward strokes come naturally, which is similar to the top to bottom direction used when writing letters
- feet are flat on the floor (or a step stool or a stack of books)
- knees are at the same level as the hips
- arms, bent at the elbow, rest on the table top
- shoulders are relaxed, not scrunched up toward the ears
“Sit up straight.” — Marie Hablitzel
CHAIR: Use a child-size chair, or use an adult chair with books or a stool to support the feet. See a chair that adjusts as the child grows, and can be used at a standard-height table.
TABLE: Use a child-size table. See the adjustable table we’ve used for many years—we love it!
- Make a simple easel—lean a board against a wall. This could be an old bulletin board or whiteboard. Of course, stabilize the board at the top where it touches the wall and block the bottom.
- Buy an easel designed for children, or build an easel.