If your kindergartners (or pre-schoolers, first graders, children, fill in the blank) are anything like mine, MANY of them are still developing a proper pencil grip. Or actually, they have developed an improper pencil grip, and you are trying to re-train their hands.
I find every year that I have four or five kids with really awkward grips that inhibit their writing. Writing is so important, and complicated, that the last thing I want getting in their way is the pencil!
My school’s occupational therapist is amazing, and she shared this tip with me last year. You can give a child a cotton ball or small ball to hold with their middle, ring, and pinky fingers. This way those fingers have a job and they are less likely to creep up the pencil. Once those three fingers are holding the ball, the pointer and thumb can take control of the pencil. Hint: I actually think the cotton ball works better, but the “fun” balls are enticing and kids want to use them. So keeping a few of both on hand is probably a good idea.
I have found that this simple trick really helps many of my students develop new gripping habits. I hope it helps yours as well! What are your pencil grip tips and tricks?