How to hold a pencil correctly using a dynamic tripod grip
In reception, we work on developing our fine motor skills to support our ability to hold a pencil comfortably and use it with good control. Throughout the Reception year a child's pencil grip will develop. This video shows you what we are aiming for- a dynamic tripod grip. It shows the 'baby shark grip'. Where the pencil is held with 3 fingers, this is why it is called the tripod grip. The pencil is secure and pointing towards them in their dominant hand, not facing away from them or upright. If your child is finding holding a pencil tricky this may be because it is too heavy for them so please try and shorter pencil and work on strengthening the muscles in their hand. Your child may not be ready for this grip shown in the video yet, but you can still support your child by engaging in fine and gross motor skill activities at home. Your child's class teacher will provide more information which will be unique to your child's development.
Reading at home
Building children's early reading skills is so important.
Please use the reading level book sent home weekly with your child and also our online reading platform Bug Club to support your child's reading.
These will support your child's comprehension skills.
Reading CVC words
This video shows how we read 3 letter CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant.) Ask your child to say each phoneme (sound) as they point to the corresponding grapheme (letter shape) individually first and then try and blend the phonemes together to read the words. You will see in the video that phoneme buttons (dots under the letters) are used to support the children to identify each grapheme-phoneme correspondence.
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