Prior to the younger kids came home from Ethiopia, they were encouraged by orphanage workers to use pencils and crayons. I have been struggling ever since to correct how Lizzie holds a pencil/marker/crayon and it's becoming a very tiring effort on my part. I need an opinion.
I see many adults holding their writing instruments in the manner that she does...I notice it because of Lizize's tendency. So my question doesn't have to do with people who use different pencil grips. But I don't know if there's some downside to her being allowed to use a pencil in a way that it comfortable.
Below, on the right, is the way I have tried to teach the kids to hold their pencil; on the left is more like how Lizzie holds it. If reminded, she will hold it properly; however, within a minute, her thumb begins to slide until it resembles the picture on the left.
Every. single. time. that she picks something up to draw or print, I have to remind her (usually repeatedly) to correct her hand position. When she is holding it correctly, she has a tendency to hook her curl her arm over in an upside-down J so that the pencil is positioned underneath her hand...so then she's got the right pencil grip but the wrong position. Ahh. Even when she's holding it properly, within minutes her thumb is sliding back over the pencil. Clearly, it is much more comfortable for her to hold it with her thumb over top.
How important is it that she holds a pencil the 'right' way? And why is it important?
I've been working on this for 2.5 years and I don't know how much longer to do battle on this front.