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Pencil skills are significant way in which we communicate. There are many ways in which a child holds a pencil and this can be because of finger and hand strength. Pencil grasp has been an on-going discussion with teachers, parents, and therapists.

An ideal pencil grasp is dependent upon the child’s development.

Some say pencil grasp doesn’t matter while some insist on change. Do you have a child who pushes down too hard on the pages while writing? Do you have a child who writes too lightly on the page? Presses pencil too hard that you can see it through several pages? Each child has their own writing pattern and way to hold the pencil. Grasp patterns develop through play and experiences that children have interacting with their environment and objects they find in their environment.


When looking at child’s pencil grasp there are number of things which are considered, how old is the child? Which fingers are they using? What’s the posture like? Speed of the child writing; are fingers controlling the pencil? Position of forearms and wrist?


The dynamic pencil grasp involves the thumbs opposed to the index and the third finger with all three fingers position in a tripod on the pencil with the fourth and fifth finger stabilized against the writing surface. A pencil grasp is any grasp that produces output on the paper whether that is scribble for a toddler, legible or messy handwriting for a school age child or adult. The dynamic tripod grasp is considered as the suitable grasp to hold the pencil by child as it improves handwriting and does not stresses your wrist and elbows.

Fine motor skills involve the use of smaller muscle of the hands in performing common table top tasks. This is why it is important to have sufficient strength in fingers and hands. It also helps in appropriate pencil grasp and movement which helps in the performance and a good handwriting.

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Waving goodbye to the apple of your eye as he/she walks into school is an emotional moment for not only children but most parents too. “I hope she eats well; I hope she doesn’t cry in class; I hope his teacher checks on his cold; I hope he doesn’t fight with the other children…” and many more. Such statements echo in the minds of most pre-schooler’s parents every single morning.

How do you know your child is ACTUALLY SAFE?

To a parent, there is no limit to the measures that can be taken when it comes to taking care of their young one. Pre-schooling too, thus is marked by a whole lot of apprehensions and questions.
Amongst the many safety concerns on a parent’s checklist, CCTV access tops the list. While choosing a preschool, parents today feel reassured when given the access to watch their child at any point of time. It provides the parent a sense of surety towards the well-being of their little one in the school’s premises.
At work or at home, login and watch what your munchkin is up-to that very moment. Rightly said, “Your child is just a click away”.
However comforting this may be, do you think watching over at all times is really a necessity? Also, why is it that not all schools choose to give parents access to their CCTV footage?


Not necessarily. While few schools choose not to provide access to parents as it involves privacy issues and expect parents to trust in their system. Some welcome them to do so, with a belief it builds transparency.
CCTV access mustn’t be used as a monitoring tool on the child. It should rather be used to understand the behavioural and social interactions of the child. The reason you choose a playschool is to allow your child to bloom and blossom in an environment that best caters to all his/her needs. Choose an environment that you can trust and maintain a healthy distance.
Watch them socialise, learn and grow. Handling few pushes and pulls on their own will build their strength & confidence for a tougher tomorrow. Choose wisely and trust the activities and functioning of the school you choose. WATCH TO SEE THEM GROW. NOT TO INVESTIGATE.






Most parents deem it impossible to discipline their child without punishments of different natures. The act of punishing a child during early years of development, no matter how mild in nature, has a deep impact. Given below, are some reasons to stay away from these practices.


1. Behavioural development is age appropriate. Children at young age lack self-control as their brain is not well-developed yet. So if your child is throwing food, refusing to sleep, whining, and tantrums, it is a result of an underdeveloped brain and not calculative attempts to test your limits.
In such cases, punishments have negative effects on the growing brain.

2. Compromising on the roots of empathy. It’s important to talk with them about their choices; help them recognize and understand that their actions have impact on others. Punishment hinders a child’s ability to understand and be sensitive towards the feelings of others.

3. Helping children learn conflict resolution and problem solving skills. Repair/replace things they have damaged; communicate positively; nurture emotional intelligence and differentiation in right and wrong. The fear of being punished does not allow a child to learn to deal with conflicting situations positively.

4. Expressing one’s emotions. Developing their understanding of right and wrong and teaching them how to regulate their emotions, helps us, as parents. If they’re angry or upset they should express it verbally and not by physically unleashing frustration. Punishment prevents this expression and seeds frustration.

5. Developing values than sheer obedience. If you’re always unnecessarily micro-managing children and demanding them to follow your rules, you are raising blind obedience and not allowing development of values.
While the goal is to get children to do the right thing, causing them discomfort or forcing authority might not be the best way out. In order to get children do the right thing or become well-behaved kids the key isn’t punishment; it’s discipline!

Discipline is something that needs to be taught, not forced through punishment.
Allow the child time to sit and reflect over his / her actions. Children who purposely misbehave are giving you a heads-up that something isn’t going right within him/her. Never overlook such behavioural patterns and try to address the child’s emotional needs.

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