The right (or should that be write?) tools matter because learning to write should never be associated with pain in hands, fingers, wrists, arms or shoulders. Using handwriting implements which have not been developed specifically for those who are learning to write can cause pain and actually do more harm in the long run. Fingers, hands, wrists or arms hurt when pens and pencils for “Writing Ready” learners are used by those who are just starting out (“Mark Making Beginners/Handwriting Learners”).
Who wants to do something voluntarily that’s painful? Yet for those learners who experience pain when learning to write with the wrong tools, experience shows that they then form a negative association with handwriting as a whole and either find numerous ways to avoid having to write or just simply become badly behaved and disruptive in class.
Start-Bee has spent the last five years trying out a vast range, makes and types, of pens and pencils whilst delivering handwriting instruction to hundreds of children. It’s why, this year, Start-Bee is proud to be ‘powered by BIC’ in a joint initiative to help boost the teaching of handwriting to primary school pupils in the UK.
As a world leading manufacturer of pens and pencils, BIC provides the right tools for the job. The key to teaching handwriting also relies on the learner having the appropriate tools for their ability. Of all the pens and pencils Start-Bee has tested over the years, BIC Kids Evolution Triangle Coloured pencils and the BIC 2HB Graphite “d’Apprentissage Learner” pencils are the best tools to use with “Handwriting Learners”.
You can read more about the ‘write’ tools here.