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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