What is the write size?

by Guest Writer Penn’orth.

Pretty much everyone receives mailings. Most mailings end up in the recycle bin (destined to add to carbon emissions and waste resources). The junk mail I receive is shredded to be tossed into our compost bin in our garden. Every so often, there is something about the mailshot that catches your eye. In this instance it is a modest sized A5 brochure full colour six paged from a company called Write Size. This grabbed my attention, quite why I don’t know.

Recycling Bin

The Brochure emanated from a company called Write Size who were advertising their range of different sized pencils which the Company claims help children who are learning to write to establish a good grip which in turn helps their writing to ‘flow’.

At this point, I must declare an interest. I am deeply concerned about the ‘Educators’ across many parts the world who are charging head along towards the abandonment of handwriting in favour of only teaching keyboarding skill. This will detriment of developing in-depth understanding of language and the ability to use much more precision in employing words, not just through a spell checkers suggestions.


Therefore, product developers such as Write Size, who seek to encourage the development and use of writing by hand, are to be applauded.

Now Back to Write Size

The innovation by Write Size is to initially produce a range of pencils in three different sizes that have been scaled to fit children’s hands. This help’s the youngsters feel more comfortable when writing.

The pencils are ‘scaled’ for children of 2 to 6 years, 6 to ten years and those over ten.

Child holding pencil

It is also good that the company is supporting education in developing African countries too!

I do have a little concern which may be dispersed when I am able to use the pencils up close. A pencil is used and is sharpened, weight (a little) and the whole feel probably will shift and change. I would be very interested to see how such a pencil alters during its life.

For the moment it is ‘Thumbs up’ for innovation and another for encouraging and supporting children to write.

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