Getting a good grip on writing

November 12, 2014 | STABILO

Learning how to hold a pen or pencil properly from an early age is the best way to develop good writing habits for the rest of your life. A good grip will make writing smoother and neater, avoiding cramping and fatigue. The most universally recognised and recommended writing grip is the tripod grip. (more…)


Writing Styles

September 11, 2014 | STABILO

How handwriting is taught in England Across the UK, different approaches are taken to providing guidelines for teaching. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is used for supporting pre-school and Reception children while the National Curriculum regulates learning for all school-age children in state schools across England, while in Wale [...]


Great tricks for learning letters

September 10, 2014 | STABILO

Before your child starts school they should have a reasonable grasp of the alphabet as this is a key foundation for learning to write. However, teaching your child the alphabet doesn’t mean you need to sit them down and show them flashcards until they can recognise the letters. Children learn though exploring and discovering which they do thr [...]


How to turn scribbles into letters

September 5, 2014 | STABILO

Scribbling is the earliest form of learning to write. Although every child will master the art of writing in their own time, encouraging your child to write in any form will help their development. The random squiggles your child makes as a toddler will gradually evolve to become recognisable as letters and shapes. (more…)


Challenges for left handed writers

September 5, 2014 | STABILO

When will I know if my child is right or left handed? It may be possible to see which hand your child prefers as early as 6 to 9 months although they may not consistently favour one hand until they are two or three years old. Some children can be ambidextrous up to the age of 6 so don’t worry if their dominant hand still isn’t clear. It’s [...]


From iPads to pencils

September 1, 2014 | STABILO

6 handy hints to help your child ditch the ipad for a pencil Children are drawn to the shiny colourful screens of iPads. There are a huge number of apps out there that can be beneficial for children learning, for example vocabulary, maths and even learning to read. (more…)


10 Ways To Make Writing Fun

September 1, 2014 | STABILO

Many children find writing boring so getting them to sit down and do writing exercises can be impossible. By making writing a fun activity, children will be more likely to pick up a pen and get involved without being steered into it. (more…)