Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pencil Grip Help

If your Kindergarten class is anything like mine, then you're bound to have a few students who struggle with finding the right grip for the pencil. As you work to get them to hold it properly, you find some hold it too tight, others too loosely. Others still will point the eraser in the wrong direction. A few years back someone shared this with me. I haven't needed it for a while, but keep a dozen or so on hand...just in case. Maybe you've seen these before....maybe you have some tucked away and need a little reminder to pull them out:


18 comments:

Mozer said...

This is a great idea! Do you have an example of how to make the bracelet? I couldn't see how it was constructed from the video.

Mrs. Mugurussa said...

Cindy
I have never seen this, it is Fabulous. Can you tell me how to make them. I have a kids who has serious issue with the pencil grip..

✿Tiffani Time 4 Kindergarten
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Crayons and Curls said...

My class sooo needs these this year! Could you share with me on how to make them? :)
Cheryl
cener(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
Crayons and Curls

Kathleen said...

I've done something similar using two rubber bands - hook the bands together, one goes over the wrist and the other wraps around the pencil!

Cindy said...

I will get the directions posted ASAP. Thanks for your interest. ;-)

Tima said...

My son has DCD and therefore has grip issues. This would be great. Can you share how to make one?

Class Full of Speical Kinders said...

Cindy,

These look fantastic. I teach special education kinders and most of them have very weak fine motor skills and I use the tripod grips from Lakeshore but the ones that you are demonstrate would be so much better for my students. Would love the directions! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING!

Jeannie
class full of special kinders
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Ms. L said...

I'd love to know how to make the bracelet too!

Thanks for sharing!

Jamie @ Teaching Little Firsties!

karevan said...

Ahhhh-just saw your post above about posting the directions to make the braclet-thanks Cindy-don't know if anybody else posted this question.......What about our lefty friends.....do you find this works for them as well? I have 5 in my class this year!!!!

karevan said...

Thanks for the great idea and posting the directions for the bracelet. Do you find this works for our lefty friends as well? I have 5 in my class this year!!!!

Constance said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!!

Cindy said...

Yes, it works for leftys as well!

Kimberly said...

Thank you. Can't wait for the instructions.

SunnyDays said...

I have a couple of kids who need this desperately & so does my husband. I can't wait to see the directions!!
Thank you for sharing - I've never seen this before.

Denise
Sunny Days In Second Grade

Karla said...

I am also a special ed teacher and have several in my class who needs these! Can't wait for the directions. Thank you so much for sharing.

LifeInSpecialEducation

Teacher...Mom...Wife..Etc! said...

You need a pot holder string (like you would weave and make your own pot holder [craft section]), a plastic cable tie [hardware/automotive section], cord from beading that is sorta silky (can't remember what it is called), medium bead (mine is a dolphin) that has the same size hole as a pony bead (craft section).

Put the pot holder string around a pencil and cable tie so that the pencil can be slid in and out as necessary. The larger side is where the child's wrist goes. The silky cord needs to be about 5 in. in length. fold in half and put the fold through the large hole in the pot holder string. Loop back through itself so that it is knotted. String the loose ends of the silky cord through the bead and knot. You may have to adjust depending on the size of the child's hand.

I know these are rough directions, but I hope it helps. This is how the one that I purchase is made.

Katie Mense said...

Oh my goodness!!! We soooooo need these this year!!! I CAN'T wait for the instructions!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!;)
Little Warriors

Jackie said...

Cindy can you please send me the directions on how to make one of these to help several of my students.
Thanks!