Pen licence is a good incentive

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I went to a school abroad that employed a similar strategy towards handwriting.

Children used a pencil until their handwriting was good enough for an award from the ‘pen fairy’.

I am left handed and was the last one in the class to have a visit from the pen fairy.

It made me work harder on my handwriting and I was exceedingly proud of my pen and certificate once I was awarded it.

Nobody made any comments on me being the last to receive it and I think it was a brilliant incentive.

I am often complimented on my handwriting now and appreciate the attention to how I held my pencil and the endless exercises we had to complete.

My children on the other hand, are at school locally and neither hold their pencils correctly despite going to a good school.

I try to enforce it at home but as it’s not enforced at school, they’ve fallen into bad habits.

I would wholeheartedly recommend a pen licence scheme.

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