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Holding Your Pencil Poster

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 1 page | Years: F - 3

A poster highlighting how to properly hold your pencil.

Print this poster out and put it up in your classroom. Refer to it when teaching students about how to hold their pencil correctly.

It uses visual and written explanations to explain pencil grips.


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  • Claire Haberfield

    I understand that it looks nice and funky, but can we please not encourage capital letters in the middle of words? (heading) it really confuses kids.

    • Tom (Teach Starter)

      Hi Claire, Thank you for your comment. I definitely understand your concern. Feel free to put in a change request for this resource by clicking the 'Changes & Updates' tab above the comments section.

  • Megan Rayment

    Is this the correct grip for left handers? I am a left hander and need to lay the pencil along my arm, not out to the side at all in order to write and be able to see what I am writing without smudging at all.

    • Jill (Teach Starter)

      Hi Megan, Thank you for your comment. Our research has found that although there are a number of different ways to hold a pencil, left-handed students should be encouraged to use the “tripod” grasp (pinch pencil with index finger and thumb, rest it on the middle finger). This will help with developing dynamic finger movements and proper wrist position. With this grip, if they move their fingers up the pencil a little higher, it allows them to see what they're writing so they are less likely to have to hook their wrist in order to have a good view. This should also help them smudge their writing less. Information from http://mamaot.com/tips-for-teaching-lefties-to-write/ Kind regards Jill