Learning to write systematically right from the start

Children’s ability to acquire handwriting skills after starting school is based on what they have experienced during all stages of development ever since they were born. Apart from mind and language training, the development of motor skills is of particular significance. We differentiate between gross and fine motor skills and graphomotor skills which relate to handwriting.

 

Children discover the world of pencils and crayons

 

Children’s drawings represent written language documents evidencing that and how children approach and perceive their environment. Scribbling is an important basic exercise for performing a multitude of activities later on: pushing and pulling the pencil while writing, drawing curves, loops, swing motions, lines, dots, adjusting rhythm and pencil pressure, writing speeds, pencil grasp as well as space allocation.

 

Before starting school, children should master a ‘scribble alphabet’, be able to draw lines and have the ability to easily cut out simple shapes with a pair of children’s scissors. 

 

Handwriting is a highly complex process for children. To make it work, there has to be a perfect interaction between body posture and the position of the arm, hand and the fingers.  In this context, the correct pencil grip is of utmost importance. Adults have to guide children and show them how to properly grip a pencil and how much pressure to apply. In addition, the development of right-hand and left-hand writing skills also has to be watched carefully. This is where ergonomically designed pencils and fountain pens can make a difference by supporting children in their painting, drawing and writing efforts.