Not really priamry - but DS is 3.6and attends nursery school. He loves it and has started getting really enthusiastic about writing - but he doesnt hold his pencil properly - Ive shown him the way to hold it but he always goes back to the comfy way for him.
Question is - do i keep showing him how to hold it or just leave him to it? Will he eventually "get" the right way?
At my son's school they were taught to use 'froggy fingers'. Calling it that seemed to really click with my son. When he forgets and holds in incorrectly, all I had to say was 'froggy fingers!'. He was 4 yr 1 mth when he started that. Maybe calling it a silly name like that will help him remember?
Hope I'm not teaching granny to suck eggs here but the way to get kids to hold the pencil correctly is to lay it down with the point facing towards them.They have to make the correct grip to pick it up.Of course the hard bit is then getting them not to change the grip again.
Some children, mostly boys, don't develop a proper pincer grip until they are around 7. Putting pressure on them can really put them off. He'll develop this in his own time but you can help him along through play activities such as picking thing up with a tweezer or hanging small items of clothing on a line using clothes pegs (i.e. play-based learning, Montessori-style.