I have been using the Love Writing pencils with my Reception children this year, a large proportion of whom entered my class in September with weak hand muscles and poor pencil control and grip. The size of the pencils has meant that the children could hold and control them more more effectively than a longer pencil, which is often too heavy for their muscles to work with. The pencils are hard wearing and allow the children to add lots of pressure as they write, something which again is difficult with longer pencils. I have noticed a significant improvement in the vast majority of my children’s letter formation since we first started using the pencils. They apply pressure, hold the pencils and control them well. The children love the pencils and often ask if they can use them during their Child Initiated Learning time, referring to them as ‘our little pencils’. This fondness for them has promoted a love for writing as well as improved letter formation, what more could a teacher want?!