Which pencils for Kindergarten, thick or regular?

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  1. newbie0809

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    Hi I am new to Kindergarten this year. Some teachers suggested I use the thick beginner pencils for students who still can't hold a pencil well. I don't like them and I don't know how much they help since I've never used them before. Some of my students have their own pencils and they're the regular pencils. The problem with the thick ones is the eraser/top always come off. Also I don't know how to sharpen them. I've only been able to replace them so far because the teacher before me had a lot of them pre-sharpened. Which do you prefer to use?
     
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    Why not offer a choice?
     
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    They sell sharpeners with thicker openings for the fat pencils. They aren't hard to find if you look.
    If you want to go the easy route get some grips for regular pencils.
     
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    I had plastic organizers on every table. I made sure I had at least one of each type for every student sitting at that table.
     
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    Give them a choice - get pencil grips, too.

    Foam ones are more comfortable than the rubber ones. The rubber ones hurt.
     
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    The molded rubber ones are great for correcting pencil grip and I've never had a kid complain. The foam ones don't seem to do much for correcting grip, but might feel comfy. Seems like the rubber ones and foam ones have different purposes, so it might be well advised to have an assortment of pencil and grip types.:2cents:
     
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    The foam grips work well to keep the pencil user from gripping too hard.
     
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    I have issues with pressure that persist to this day due to the SD I grew up in failing to adhere to the law.

    The pressure issues are probably why those grips would hurt. Made my pencil grip worse, too.
     
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    I was going to suggest the same thing. Some children are ready for narrow pencils, some may prefer the fat ones. Our school's writing curriculum suggests putting out a variety of writing tools for children. I draw the line at pens.
     

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