Neuro Motor Developmental Therapist and Educationalist Peter Griffin has been studying the affects Write Size pencils have on young children. Recently he conducted a test on a group of reception children (Aged 4-5) to see the difference our pencils make to their writing ability.
His findings show that all but one child improved when using Write Size pencils.
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The Pencil Control is measured by the ability of the pupil to draw between parallel lines without touching or crossing those lines. The results show that
The Handwriting Speed is measured by the number of letters per minute written by the pupil when repeatedly writing their name.
On average they wrote 13% faster using the ‘Write Size’ pencils which equates to an average increase of 4 letters per minute.
The increase in speed was significant, with all writing more than 10% faster with the ‘Write Size’ pencil.
The majority of children had a reasonable dynamic tripod grasp(J) with the Write Size pencils, one had a static tripod grasp(G), one had a lateral tripod grasp(I)
The majority of children benefit by using a ‘Write Size’ pencil. Their accuracy, fluidity and speed significantly improve. Whilst there is no evidence that the pencil grasp changes immediately the child is given the ‘Write Size’ pencil, from some observations and from the fact that they have better control and write more quickly it would seem that the grasp is more relaxed.
My view as a primary school head teacher was that there were two important essentials to look for in a child’s handwriting
Handwriting may be done for a number of reasons, perhaps to communicate to someone else, perhaps to clarify and express one’s own thoughts or as an aid memory. In order to do these things effectively we need to write quickly. This has been borne out in a number of small scale studies that I have done which has compared the speed of children’s handwriting to their levels in National Curriculum Core subjects. There is generally a link between writing speed and attainment in Writing and Numeracy but no correlation in Reading.
In crude terms ‘No matter what is in my head, if I can’t bung it down quickly I can’t show you how good I am, and my thinking may be slowed down as well! So anything that will speed up my handwriting is going to help me to do better in Writing and Numeracy’.
Pete Griffin 25/05/2017
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