She suggested I get pencil grips for my class. After searching online for just the right ones, I found these pencil grips.
These amazing pencil grips are from The Pencil Grip, Inc. You can find them here. I bought a class set of the "Training" Crossover Grip. Oh my goodness gracious......I couldn't believe the difference it made in just a few short days. Once I put these pencil grips on my students' pencils and taught them how to properly hold the pencil (courtesy of the pencil grip user guide) their grip started improving.
After I felt my students started mastering their grip with the Crossover Grip pencil grips, I then started moving my students to the "Transition" Pinch Grip pencil grips. I had them continue to use them until they were ready to move on to the "Graduation" Pencil Grip.
When my students would use crayons or markers and I would notice poor pencil grip, all I had to say was "Hold your crayon like you hold your pencil," and their grip immediately switched. By the end of the year, most of my students no longer needed a pencil grip at all!
Now, you may be wondering about how to handle the pencil grips if you use community supplies like I do. At first, I removed the pencil grips when a new pencil was needed and would show my students how to remove it as I was doing it. Then after a couple weeks my students were able to take the pencil grip off and place it on a new pencil independently. They were very protective over their pencil grips and thought they were the coolest things ever! I thought so too because they were finally mastering their pencil grip!
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