The way you hold a pencil can be a huge help when drawing or writing. This is a demonstration on how to hold a pencil.
- Learn the benefits of holding the pencil in the tripod grasp or grip.
- Become aware that the base of your hand steadies the tripod as you draw or write.
This gripper is similar to the Crossover Grip, but does not have the "hood". I think it does a good job of discouraging the crossing over of the thumb and is more accommodating for children with long fingernails. It just might replace the Crossover Grip, at least that's what I'm finding. The manufacturer sees it as a transition from the Crossover Grip > Pinch Grip > Pencil Grip. I believe that children can go from Pinch Grip (Thumb Grip) to no gripper.
Our popular Grip Starter Set now comes with a Thumb Grip. (We replaced the Crossover Grip with the Thumb Grip.)
"Don't worry, he will write on a computer."
Children with poor motor-skills need training in handwriting and should not be told to simply forgo the pencil and use a computer to write.
A bright teen came to me for help. He wrote only on the computer and found that there were times when it was necessary to write by hand. His lack of handwriting experience hindered him with illegible and slow writing, but more significantly, he had problems composing without a computer. He was unable to mentally outline an essay—he had always used cut and paste to organize his thoughts.
Poor motor-skills can improve with age and practice. As a young child, this teen should have received help with his fine-motor and gross-motor development, and the standard of perfect penmanship should have been loosened. His caring parents would have helped him, but they were told, "Don't worry, he will write with a computer." As it was, this bright and motivated young man saw the need to catch up and simply worked on it himself. For some, an occupational therapist trained to work with handwriting can make the difference.
The computer is a fine tool for writing, but not when it keeps us from exercising our brains. Handwriting practice that leads to a legible script is a terribly important skill for growing minds. It is a necessary skill that should not be taken lightly.
Drawing instruction is not only for
the artistically talented child.
Handwriting instruction is not only for
the child with a flair for penmanship.
Handwriting is an Art!
Speech, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary—the parts and pieces of Language Arts. They fall into the categories of creativity and craftsmanship:
- Creative—stories, poetry, vocabulary
- Craft—reporting, instructions, handwriting, spelling
Handwriting is fundamental.
Handwriting is a craft.
Handwriting is an Art!
A List of the Drawings
I just love your Draw Write Now books! I have the eight-book boxed set and have been enjoying them every week with my four and five year-olds. I am trying to incorporate the lessons with my social studies/history plans; it is working wonderfully! My question: is there a full list of the drawings in all eight books? I am finding myself, for example, hoping there is an owl and needing to search the Table of Contents of all eight books to find what I need.
Here's the list:
pdf download (49kb)
Another option is to use the search box. For example, insert “owl” in the search box and the result shown is “Draw Write Now, Book 2.”
Note: The search box is found on the footer of each page of this website.