H is an excellent reader for his age and he’s good at maths too, but what seems to hold him back a little is his handwriting. Now I know that isn’t that uncommon for a boy and he is making progress, but his writing comes nowhere near to matching the eloquence of his speech. Writing is a serious challenge for us as H will often write the smallest number of words possible to get the job done. He’d happily write ‘the cat sat on the mat’ or similar, rather than something more descriptive. If he can make his sentence 4 or 5 words long, he will. Writing tends to be something to be avoided.
Stabilo sent us a couple of their products designed to help make handwriting easier and an activity sheet to help put them through their paces. The idea behind their range of pens and pencils is that they have been specifically designed to make writing easier for your child. The EASYgraph pencil has an ergonomic, non-slip grip that ensures your child holds it in the correct position for writing. This has been a particular problem for H and he often looks awkward holding a pen or pencil. Similarly the EASYoriginal pen has the same shaped grip zones. Both products come with left and right-handed options, so you can pick out one that will suit your child properly.
H certainly finds the products easy to use. In fact, they have been kept downstairs so they are to hand for homework and other writing tasks like filling in his reading diary or writing birthday cards. He really like the fact that both are essentially refillable. The pencil has leads in it that can be replaced when they run out and the pen has a sort of cartridge to refill that. I think the technical side of things appeals, as does the eraser pen which can run the pen out. He’d not seen one of those before and it’s been a big hit. I like the fact that when he’s using them his fingers seem to be in a much better position and his grip looks a lot more natural. Time will tell whether they improve his writing or not, but I think we’ve made a good start.