Irrespective of whether you live or any other corner of the world, the chances that are your children are a part of an education system that follows the policies of starting with pencil and then shifting to pen only after a few years are presumably pretty high.
There are a number of reasons that teachers and several school education system makes it mandatory for a child to first start writing with a pencil before moving to a pen.
Let us look at some of the reasons before we move on to seeing how to make the transition possible and easy for your child.
Reasons that an education system insists on children to start writing from pencil first
To learn grips
Pencils are known to be a writing instrument that is best to practice holding a grip on. The design with which a pencil is usually made, makes it almost impossible for fingers to slip and thus making it easy on the children to write for a longer duration.
To practice effortless writing
In continuation to the above mentioned point, pencils are more often than not used to instill the habit of writing, a lot – something that is made possible because of the fact that once sharpened, it does take a lot of time for pencil lead to run off before you have to sharpen it again.
To build handwriting
There is no easy gliding writing instrument in the world that would compare up to the slide and glide of a pencil. The effortless ease with which a pencil glides makes it easy for children to learn turns that are required to excel cursive writing skills.
To save the hassles of dealing with a pen
Let’s admit it. Dealing with a pen used to be a task full of hassles when we were young, wasn’t it? The frequency with which the ink used to run off, drying of the pen in winters, leakage, and last but not the least annoying the ink stains everywhere on the hand and uniform. So, when all these hassles can be removed by using a pencil, why wouldn’t an education system promote it? Right?
So, here were some of the reasons that make it ideal for children to start writing from a pencil instead of a pen, straightaway.
And now that we have looked at those reasons, let us begin with understanding how to make the transition easy for your children.
- Get Them the Right Pen
The first and foremost way to make the transition easy on your children is by getting them the right pen to start their new life journey. To start with, you should think about going ahead with investing in a good quality fountain pen. Fountain pens have been used since ages for starters who are just leaving behind pencils.
There are a number of fountain pens available in the market today, which you can choose from for your child to start practicing with.
- Practice. Practice.
The next step of getting you child comfortable with the transition is to get them to practice as much as possible. Start by having a no-pencil day at your home, where your children should not be allowed to use pencil at all for at-least 2 pages to start with. Make them write long essays about a topic with pen and ask them to make zero cuts – doing this will give them more confidence in their writing skills and will take their mind off the pressure of making mistakes.
- Include Pencil in the Mix
Last and the most important beginner in pen life tip that we have to offer is that do not just limit your child to a fountain pen. Make them write from a pencil too in between so that they don’t feel completely out of their shell.
In the end, what we would suggest is to give your child time to transition from one writing instrument to another and don’t force them to let go of the pencil that they are used to writing with just because they have a new kid on the block.
Is your child going through a pencil to pen transition? How is it going? Let us know in the comment section below.