So if you pinch the pencil, okay, and put
the middle finger behind – can you do that for me? Can you write the word ‘cat’ like
that? There we are, and put the middle finger behind…
Now can you write the word ‘cat’? Beautiful. Okay. Now there’s two more things I’d like
you to try for me. Turn the paper uphill a little bit and, see that pencil there? Can
you try and angle it towards you? I’m just going to pop this on here like that. Now can
you write the word ‘cat’? But remember what I said about the pinching fingers? Lovely;
now write the word ‘cat’. Okay, I’m now going to pop you onto this one.
That’s lovely. Lovely angle there; we’ve got the thumb coming back into an open thumb web
space, with the angle going this way. It’s a really good idea to angle your paper
because then you can see what the pencil tip’s doing. If you have it straight, your hand
will get in the way. So a lot of the children I see tend to hold the paper like this, and
then the wrist ends up obscuring. So if you go uphill… because we naturally move…
if we keep our shoulders and our elbows still, that’s the position of our arms, moving, so
if you’re rightie it’s this way, and if you’re a leftie, keep your elbow still and you go
downhill. That’s all it is, it’s the way we’re designed bio-mechanically, is where the position
of the paper is. Okay, that’s lovely. Remember what I said
about the pinching grasp? Can you pinch your thumb and finger and angle this towards your
shoulder. That’s it!