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MSR Learning Support – Information and references for supporting learning differences in a Montessori classroom

How to Hold a Pencil, correctly – the natural way!

on 07/11/2012

You probably know how hard it can be to communicate to a child exactly how a pencil should sit properly in his or her little hands.  So try this –

1.  Take a Kleenex and tear it two pieces (a full Kleenex is too large, so just use the half piece for this trick.)

2.  Have the child pinch the Kleenex piece in his/her pinky and ring finger.

3.  While the child is still pinching the Kleenex in those two fingers, tell him to hold the pencil in the remaining three fingers.

4.  Remarkably, as long as the Kleenex is still “occupying” their 4th and 5th fingers, the child will naturally hold the pencil the right way.

It really works!

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Source:  http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/shannon/2007/07/works-for-me-te.html

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