Improve Letter Formation by using a triangular pencil.

If you want to improve letter formation the first requirement is a triangular-shaped pencil. A pencil is not just a pencil. It’s a writing tool that can make it harder or easier to write. When you practice handwriting it is very important that you use a triangular pencil. It is precisely the choice of pencil  that will  influence speed, legibility and effort. These 3 components is achieved by writing with a triangular-shaped pencil or pen. After you have experienced this, you will immediately notice that a triangular pencil can help improve handwriting.

triangular grip promotes a good grip and improve letter formation

The tactile sensory feedback from the raised ‘dots’ on this triangular pencil promotes a good grip and will help to improve letter formation.

An Ergonomic Triangular Shape Encourages a Good Grip.

Improve letter formation by using an ergonomic pencil.  This a major factor to consider when you decide on which pencil to use. Triangular pencils are the best for encouraging correct finger posture. The triangular Faber-Castell Grip 2001 (2B) pencil is particularly good because of its ergonomic shape and non-slip surface that encourages a firm grip around the pencil, making it easier and more intuitive for children and adults to hold it. Handwriting will improve when you have a comfortable grip and you will feel that letters are formed more smoothly, making it easier to achieve cursive, joined-up writing.

As opposed to the six-sided pencil many people use as their standard pencil, the three-sided pencil is made for a comfortable and natural grip. Think about it: How many fingers actually touch the pencil with a correct pencil grip? Three. With a six-sided or round pencil, fingers wrap around the shaft in a more tense and uneven way, causing pain and tightness in fingers for people who tend to hold their pencil tightly already or find it hard to hold it in the correct way. It is very hard to improve letter formation when fingers are tense and handwriting  suffers as a consequence. That is why I recommend triangular pencils for a neater handwriting.

Tactile Sensory Feedback for Correct Finger Posture

Another thing to look at when you decide on a pencil is the intricate design on the pencil shaft. For example, on the triangular Faber-Castell pencil, you have small dots that provide tactile sensory feedback for correct finger posture. Often, hands become sweaty so fingers may slip down the pencil, but Faber-Castell Grip 2001 has dots to encourage a good grip so that the pencil can be held firmly. The dots are also excellent reference points for where exactly you should hold the pencil and the Magic Link programme recommends that the pencil is held ‘4 dots’ above the pencil tip. This provides adequate space to comfortably see letters and words on the page without any finger obstruction allowing easier letter formation.

Prevent the ‘Wrap Around” Thumb

Surprisingly, “intricate” features such as shapes, pencil coating and dots are overlooked in schools. That’s because many teachers are not taught about handwriting in teachers’ training schools and are unaware when children wrap their thumbs around their pencils and hide what they are writing. A pencil posture like this is an obstacle in being able to control letter formation.  A simple way one can improve their handwriting is to buy the right pencil and I highly recommend the triangular Faber-Castell Grip 2001 pencil to ease the process of learning to write in a neat and comfortable way.

Grip, improve your letter formation

A triangular pencil is comfortable to hold and will improve letter formation.

Only certain retailers and websites stock the triangular Faber-Castell Grip 2001 pencils, including Amazon, as linked to on my website. Guided instruction on how to hold a pencil is fully explained in step one in the Magic Link Handwriting Programme.