Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom

Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom

You may have noticed in many photos on my blog that my daughter has struggled with pencil grip.  I can’t tell you how proactive I have been about this, yet she still has the worst natural grip of all of my kids.  She will hold the pencil with all 4 fingers on her grip along with her thumb.  She writes neatly for her age, but I know her pencil grip needs correction.   I tend to not push it all the time, which is why you often see the uncorrected version in school photos on my blog.  We specifically spend time working on the correct grip, but she defies me and is stubborn.  Because I want her to LOVE LEARNING, I choose not to fight it all during our school time.

Here’s a recent photo showing her uncorrected grip, which she prefers. It has her entire hand on the pencil!

Uncorrected Pencil Grip


Here’s a photo of the ONLY intervention we have tried that she has accepted.  I seriously was ready to give up and then suddenly, she accepted the pom pom and even will remind me now. You can see the red pom pom in her hand. Her grip still isn’t picture perfect, but it is so much better!

Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom

I first saw this idea here, on Dr.Jean and Friends blog.  You can read the explanation of how to present this correction there. I have tried everything but somehow I had never seen this before.  I figured it was worth a shot.  Thank goodness I tried it.  She accepted it and likes her new little bucket of pom poms to choose from when we are working on grip.

We are continuing to work and using our pom pom to practice a lot.  She will even use it during school time some now.  Her natural grip hasn’t improved much so far, but we are trying! I pay attention to her when she isn’t thinking about it and noticed she still puts all fingers on the crayon/pencil.

I have more pencil grip articles and ideas pinned on my Preschool at Home Pinterest board.  Scroll down, they are mostly about halfway down on the board right now.

Playful Learning with Spielgaben April 2014

This is our second Playful Learning with Spielgaben monthly post, our first post is here!  If you missed the introduction to this new series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter is doing with this learning set!



This month we have been a bit off of our regular school schedule as my daughter is having a few weeks off of “planned school” time. She finished up her preschool plan with me and I am in the transition for gearing back up with her soon. Thankfully Spielgaben keeps her learning even when I plan little, as you will see below. Everything you see in this post took place during this past month.

Below you will see I have divided the post into 4 categories ~ Lessons We Enjoyed, Free Play, Mommy Inspired Play, and Nature & Inspiration Guide Play {a BIG favorite right now},  It is a long post, I hope these categories help you find what you are interested in reading.

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we began our work with Set 6.  We only did 2 lessons since we are not doing much planned school time right now.


We always begin with free exploration before starting any of the lessons.  She loves this and I try to give her as much time as she wants, even if it means we don’t actually get to a lesson that day!  She got straight to work making a cat!





For Set 6 I chose the following lessons for her, 6-1 Crocodile Family, and 6-2 Telephone. I took small screen shots of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!



She loves crocodiles so I knew she would love this lesson and I was correct!


We made 2 crocs together, complete with taped on eyes.


She wanted to hold them and add spikes so we taped them together and added green pieces to them!






Making a telephone was a BIG hit also. She followed the user guide to create the entire phone by herself.


She LOVES using tape!


Number stickers for the buttons.  We used our real phone too so she could see how they compared.


Think she liked it?


We added in the phone number printables from Spell Outloud and switched up our original phone design to match our phones at home.  She liked it better this way!


Thankfully, her big brother was happy to play telephone with her!



Free Play

This is a full shot of our free play area currently.  I don’t leave the boxes open all of the time, but when they are allowed to free play, I set them out like this.  She will often ask me to open them when they are shut!  Our rule is that they can only be opened by me, basically I have to give permission for free play time.  This is so pieces don’t grow legs and walk away.



She does so much freely, I often don’t even capture it with my camera. I did get this one, of the baby pterodactyls being saved from the storm {the red dots behind the mom} by the momma.



Ladybug and Krash love Hexbugs and set up a course for their bugs.  They also had fun building walls for their bugs to wiggle out of.



Mommy Inspired Play

I set up this one day and with in seconds of her walking in the room, it was like a magnet.  My husband happened to be standing in the area and was amazed with how quickly she noticed it and went right to it.


I didn’t say anything, just set it up like this to inspire her play.  She immediately put the rings on the yarn balls.


Then she wanted to twist them all up.


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She realized she could unhook the top and took a few off and explore swinging them over the top of the bar!




Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

I have our Nature Guide on the iPad also, I just set it up for her if she asks.  She asks a lot, she really enjoys this. Here she was building a zebra, one of her favorite animals.



Another favorite is being built here, a horse!



Then she added a baby…


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Our Favorite Spelling Curriculum

All About Spelling is our favorite spelling curriculum.  We began using it when PacMan was struggling in 1st grade. All About Learning Press has an awesome blog and has written a series of articles focused on spelling, which I am sharing below.  Just click on the graphics to read more and see why this spelling program is so awesome!

I know many of you are hunting for spelling curriculum and thought these articles might be helpful as you review All About Spelling as an option!

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Spelling Can Be Easy

Click to see the 6 articles in this series…

Spelling Can Be Easy When It's Multisensory   



Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 68

Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!


April showers bring May flowers….I am SO looking forward to seeing some pretty flowers! It has been quite chilly in our part of the country and the blooming of trees and flowers has been slow in coming! Good thing seeing our Tots bloom doesn’t depend on the weather! Take a look at the different activities posted this week to see how you help your Tot bloom!

Sometimes “life” just happens and following your Tots lead can delay “official” Tot School! Take a look at Mama Charlton’s experience with Tot Meredith over at My Spare Time. Sometimes it’s for the best!

My Spare Time


The Rosen family has been enjoying studying the letter Q and building a castle to entertain both Tots and older children alike! Take a peek at their week over at A Family in the Land.

A Family in the Land


Over at Monsters Ed, Mama Jolene shares with us what Tot Pixie is working on in weekly tot trays. Take a look and see if any would appeal to your Tot!

Mosters Ed



Remember to visit our Pinterest board hosting our featured blogs each week! Be sure to follow the board and re-pin ideas you like, it’s a great way to support each other!!

I also created a Tot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, will you email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pintrest link? I am opening up the board to allow other bloggers to pin their Tot School posts that feature Tot School Printables in action.

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One Day Giveaway!

One Day Giveaway from Ultimate Homemaking Bundle ends 4.28

I know some of you would LOVE to buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle but don’t have an extra $30 to spend right now, no matter how great of a deal it is. I totally get it, which is why I want to give one away! This is a FAST giveaway, Saturday 4/26/14 only!  I will announce the winner on Sunday!

Confused about the whole bundle thing?  Read my personal info page, where I share how this works to benefit all of us involved {you, me, the companies and the creators}.

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I shared my favorite eBooks in the bundle in my original post, here’s a couple more items I LOVE in this bundle that somehow I missed the first time around. God Gifted Virtues {value $8.95} and Filling Hearts While Cleaning Homes {value $8}. I have never seen these before and they are awesome! These are just 2 more eBooks included in this bundle.  There are SO many more!

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