Is it wrong to teach children how to hold a pencil?

The Quirky Teacher

Following some online discussion yesterday which was inspired a part of HMCI’s speech to the National Day Nurseries Association, I was left wondering why so many disagreed with this part of the speech:


I agree with Amanda, but so many didn’t, including a well known children’s author. My position is that as we are not evolved to write, writing is of course biologically secondary and therefore must be taught. This includes how to hold a pencil and form letters correctly, ensuring that both muscle memory and letter formation are rehearsed to the point of automaticity in an environment that controls cognitive load, the latter consideration being particularly important for males, children with SEN, those who are easily distracted. I’ve written here about my recent experiences learning Arabic and how this made me reflect on how it feels for a 5 year old to learn to write in a busy and…

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