Monday, October 30, 2017

Let the Little Children Come REVIEW 2

Let The Little Children Come

Not long ago, I brought you a review for Let the Little Children Come. We were reviewing Is There Anything  Better Than Candy? tract boxes which were little pumpkins with a Christian message that you could put little treats in. This time around, we are reviewing their Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools Sampler Pack. This pack has an assortment of goodies and treats that reflect some of the products they offer for kids! 
 Let the Little Children Come Gospel Tracks

Each Pack Contains:

John 3:16 FlipAbout
John 3:16 Animated Tract
Gospel Buttons FlipAbout
Wordless Bracelet Kit
The Lost Easter Egg Pop-up Tract
The Most Amazing House Pop-up Tract
The True Story of Christmas Animated Tract
Silicone Salvation Bracelet
Wordless Book
Where's Everybody Going? Animated Tract
As you can see, you get a lot of little goodies in this pack! Included are 10 of their most popular tools to be exact, and they are sure to be a hit with your kids. 

These sampler packs are great if you are unsure what will work for you, or what you may like more. It's also a good way to just get an assortment of treats that are varied and different. I could see the sampler packs being used alone as filler for treasure boxes, reward prizes, and more. 
My son's favorite items are The True Story of Christmas Animated Tract and the John 3:16 FlipAbout.  The John 3:16 FlipAbout is folded in such a way that you can flip through it and reveal the verse, page by page. This not a KJV verse, but it still holds the same meaning. We are strict KJV'ers here, but I have no problem with this. 
The True Story of Christmas Animated Tract is really cute, and would be perfect for a Sunday School class, especially at Christmas time. It tells the true story of the birth of Jesus. Your child can take the little slide, and move it over the page to give the pages the look of animation.

If you believe in salvation via water baptism, please note that these treats do not preach that. We DO believe in water baptism, so we did not use those items. The True Story of Christmas Animated Tract DOES have this on the back, but I talked to my son about why we do not believe this way, and this gave us an opportunity to study the Bible together where I showed him the verses that make us believe the way we do. 
Another application for these is Christian day care and Pre-K. These would be cute to include in the reward box, treat packs, or baskets for the kiddos.
Overall

Each full set of any item includes 10-20 of that item.  I could see these items being used in sunday school classes, especially as rewards or party favors. We do not believe in salvation through prayer-believing in only a water baptism, so some of these simply do not work for us. The John 3:16 FlipAbout is super cute, and a favorite of mine and Mr. B. I like the message included, and it's easy for kids to understand. My son likes the look of the animated tracts. He likes to move the slide across the pages to make it look like the characters are moving. Overall, these are cute products that I think you should check out to see if they would work for you. 
Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools {Let the Little Children Come Reviews}
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

"The Star" A new perspective on the story of Christ's birth.



November 17, 2017 is set to feature a unique take on the story of Christmas. The Star takes the story from the perspective of the animals of the day. Bo, a young donkey who longs for adventure and a change of pace, breaks out of his day to day life and teams up with a clever sheep named Ruth. Together, with their friends, they become the heroes on one of the most important days the world has ever seen-the birth of Jesus!


Starring the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Kelly Clarkson and Steven Yeun, and featuring an amazing song by Mariah Carey, The Star is likely to become a holiday favorite! After seeing the movie trailer, I know my family can't wait to grab our drinks and popcorn and settle into our seats to watch what I think will be a fantastic show. The trailer shows a fun way of showcasing the Greatest Story Ever Told in a way I have never even thought about! The animation is the 3D style of today, and the characters are so full of life and humor! My son was laughing so hard just watching the trailer, so I can't wait to see how much he enjoys the movie!



While we wait for the premiere, we've been having a blast on the official movie site! There you can find all sorts of Activities and even an Animated Coloring book! 



There you'll find everything from printable dioramas to create, to mazes, dot-to-dot, and even character cards and holiday cards! So much fun!




So be sure to check out the trailer, and grab your tickets so your family won't miss out on what is sure to be an excellent family movie! 




WE CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!  And we hope you enjoy it, as well! 


**This is a sponsored post, but as a Picture Featured Contributer with Flyby and  Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc.,   I am not required to write a positive review nor am I compensated in any other way beyond tickets for my family in exchange for promotional information. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family. **

Sydney Tooman Betts Straight Flies the Arrow REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!

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 About the Book

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Name of book: Straight Flies the Arrow
Author: Sydney Tooman Betts
Genre: Historical, adventure, Romance
Release Date: July 8, 2017
During the winter of 1841, Pacing Wolf, the esteemed leader of the Many Lodges, follows the trail of a brutal murderer, leaving behind his beloved woman, Small Doe. When his tracking party returns without him, the Sparrow Hawks’ Real Chief pronounces him dead, insisting Small Doe grieve, but she cannot bring herself to give up hope her husband will return. The coming spring offers her few choices. She can accept the courageous new warrior chosen for her or risk falling prey to his war-society rivals.
Vengeance and loyalty, hatred and faithfulness, all vie within two enemy villages, one belonging to the Sparrow Hawks and the other the Allies, threatening to crush every hope of happiness for Small Doe and everyone she loves.
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About the Author

SydneyToomanBettsSydney Tooman Betts and her protagonist-husband currently reside near the extensive cavern system that inspired the setting for several early chapters of this book.
While single, Ms. Betts (B.S. Bible/Missiology, M.Ed) was involved in a variety of cross-cultural adventures in North and Central America. After marrying, she and her husband lived in Europe and the Middle East where he served in various mission-support capacities. Her teaching experiences span preschool to guest lecturing at the graduate level and serving as the Sunday School Superintendent, Children’s Church Director, or Women’s Ministries facilitator in several evangelical denominations.
Before penning her first novel, A River too Deep, she ghost-wrote several stories for an adult literacy program.

My Thoughts

Sydney Tooman Betts is by far one of my most favorite authors. Her stories are so real, and so unbelievably good that no review from me could ever do them justice. I was first introduced to her through A River Too Deep. That book spoke to me in ways I can't really begin to explain. I saw so much of myself in that book, and my past....it was if she had a window straight into my world and wrote directly to me. Then I read Light Bird's Song (review still to come....it's been a rough year friends...) And this was such a difficult read for me because of the storyline and the parallels to my own life. I often find that it's those difficult books that mean the most to me, and that is why I love this series so much. Straight Flies the Arrow is no exception. The characters are so deep, and the story line is so rich that you become immersed in the book, as if you are truly there.

While this book is the 3rd book in the series, you can read it as a stand alone, but I truly recommend reading the first two simply because they are so amazing. These aren't just easy, mindless books to read in a few hours on a rainy day. These are deep, meaningful, and thought provoking books that really make you take a step back and think, and evaluate life. Thank You, Sydney Tooman Betts, for another wonderful experience. It has been truly appreciated. 



**I received a copy of this free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. I wasn't required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.**

Guest Post from Sydney Tooman Betts

You know you are created for a purpose, but honestly, how much of a difference can one person make in a life filled with one foot put in front of another, cooking for a family, washing clothes, combing out tangles… You know you are created for a purpose, but honestly, how much of a difference can one person make in a life filled with one foot put in front of another, cooking for a family, washing clothes, combing out tangles… Come walk alongside one woman whose singular choice changes life for generations

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Karen Sue Hadley, October 24
Mary Hake, October 27
Bigreadersite, October 29

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Finding Hope: Over Correction



It's hard to know what to do when you've done everything you can to prevent a negative behavior, and one happens anyway. In this segment, we're going to talk about over correction.

Imagine you're sitting at home, peacefully reading or working on a project, when you realize your child has been VERY quiet. You know the quiet I'm talking about-the one EVERY parent dreads. When you find your angel you also find your wall covered in a crayon you didn't even know existed. Your child has been told at least 1.5 million times DO NOT WRITE ON THE WALLS! I know for us, we have a rule that he can only mark on paper that is designated as art paper. So, what do you do?

Imagine you go outside, and your child has marked ON THE side of the house. Perhaps they have marked on the bathroom mirror? Or maybe they have played with shampoo all over the tub? Maybe they have thrown clean laundry all over the living room floor? The possibilities are endless, but the consequence can be the same-over correction.

Say Little Johnny takes a crayon and marks a 1ft by 1ft section of the living room wall, most would either put little Johnny in Timeout and clean it themselves, or make Little Johnny clean only the markings. And then of course, little Johnny goes on to do it again...and again...and again. I know this was the case for my own Little Johnny! That's when we started doing something called Over Correction.

My son used to take a bar of soap and he'd rub it all over the bathroom mirror, and even the wall, as if it was a crayon. He had been told this was unacceptable, and the same as writing on the wall, and I would go in there and clean it up every time. Then came the fateful day I had had enough! So Mr. B was not only made to clean off the soap, but he was made to clean off the soap, clean down the sink, the toilet, the bathtub, the other walls, and ultimately the floor. Yes...his transgression of marking the mirror with soap led to an over correction of him having to clean the entire bathroom as a consequence. Not long ago he marked on the floor of the porch, so he was made to clean the entire porch.

Over correction is when they mess up one small area of a larger zone, and as a consequence of that behavior they must clean the entire zone. Little Johnny throws laundry all over the living room? Then little johnny has to pick up the laundry, fold it, put it away, and clean up the living room. After a handful of times, the joy they get from making the huge mess pales in comparison to the dread they have when they know they are going to have to clean up not only that mess, but a larger area as well.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Abby Ludvigson: Sex by Design REVIEW

Abby Ludvigson Sex by Design
Sex and purity are hard topics for any parent to tackle, but Abby Ludvigson has created a great purity course that tackles the topic with the utmost grace and respect. Sex by Design  is a workbook and video based course that features Abby before she was married. At 33 years old, and unmarried, Abby Ludvigson was still a virgin, and proud of it! And she should have been! She not only talks the talk in her videos, but she shows how she walks the walk, too. 


The course is made up of 7 parts:

1.) Planning Ahead: Living Pure in a Sex-Saturated Culture
2.) Counting the Cost: Every Decision Has a Price Tag
3.) Dating: Doing Relationships God's Way
4.) Sex: God's Purpose and Plan
5.) Modesty: God Cares What I Wear
6.) Pornography: It's Deception and Steps to Get Out or Stay Out
7.) Secondary Virginity: Running Back to God
What is included?

Included in this kit is a Parent Guidebook, a Student Guidebook, and a DVD of the video clips.
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How We Are Using This

Mr. B is 12, and my niece K is about to turn 23. I was initially going to just do this with Mr. B, until I received it. I then made the decision to work through it with my niece, as well. She's unmarried, and she's faced some difficult choices in her life. I felt this would be perfect for her, as well. 
There are a number of ways you can work your way through this course, but we have chosen to go through this more thoroughly, and take our time. There is no rush! It's actually best to work through it slowly and fully, and really discuss the topics in depth-taking about a month or so for each segment. 
Segment one is the only one we have finished as of right now, but I did take the time to flip through the remaining sections to get a sense of what they are about. 
In segment one we meet Abby. She is talking to a group of at risk inner city youth, and her way of conversing is great. She uses humor, and she gets to your level to make it real. She lets you know she's faced the temptations you have faced, she has faced the peer pressure and the jokes, she's faced it and she's put God first. And if she can do it, anyone can do it. I LOVE THAT!

Segment one is all about putting God first, and the conviction and commitment to remain sexually pure until marriage. Abby talks about certain steps to this purity commitment:

The first step is the purity pledge card. The workbook has the card in it for the user to fill out, and keep. There's also a spot for witnesses to sign. I like how parents and their children can choose to be a part of this pledge, or your child can choose someone else they trust to witness their pledge certificate. This brings about a certain level of accountability just with that. 

The second step is to build a strong support network. You should surround yourself with people who have the same purity values as yourself, especially as a teen. I remember in school how the teens would brag about their conquests and sexual adventures. It's easy to fall prey to that, and do things you don't really want to do while giving in to peer pressure. That's why having a support system of peers who share the same commitment to purity is important. 

Third, you MUST set clear boundaries. That is sooo hard, and I know it was very hard for me as a teen/young adult. Shoot....it's hard for me NOW, but it has to be done. You have to set your own boundaries for your stopping point before marriage, and avoid the situations that can jeopardize that, or put you in a situation where you may falter. In my family, we always had an open door policy with dating. Where ever we were, the door was to remain open at all times. It was made clear my parents would not be giving any type of warning before entering a room, etc. This is a good example of not putting yourself in a situation where your boundaries will be tested. 

Fourth, substance abuse-avoiding drugs and alcohol. I like how she points out the way drugs and alcohol can cause us more issues, and allow those pre-set boundaries to be ignored. Not long ago, when I was in college, there were several campus date rape cases that were on going. Most of them involved young girls, 18-19 yrs old, who had gone out (illegally) drinking with their friends, went home with guys and slept with them while being too drunk to make a good decision. It's so very important to stress this to our kids! 

Finally, she talks about how you must monitor your exposure to media. Movies, TV Shows, commercials, and even ads in magazines can have a huge impact on how we view the world around us. And the view these things have of sex and purity may not be the same as God's---actually, most of the time they are vastly different. 
Abby Ludvigson Sex by Design

For my niece, I wanted her to see that it's not uncommon to be a virgin at her age, or older....and I wanted her to see that if you aren't still a virgin it doesn't mean you can't return to a state of purity. This is the ultimate reason why I wanted to work through this with her. It's hard being a teen or young adult today. It was hard when I was that age, and I know it's even harder now. We are bombarded with images of sex and lust on a daily basis, and it's time to fight back! 

For my son, he's so young he's just not getting it yet. That has a lot to do with his special needs, so I will have to go back and pick this back up with him later. He's asking some questions now, and I've attempted to give him "the talk" several times, but he's just not "there" yet to fully understand it all. This program is still great for that, because it's laying a down a foundation to be used later when he does "get it" more. It's laying down a foundation that God wants him to respect women and their bodies, and that women should respect their own bodies as well. I have seen, even in the Christian homeschool community here, such a lack of respect being taught to boys when it comes to the girls. Even just a few months ago the parents and kids had an organized dance where a contest was held to award the boy who danced with the most girls. To me that is grossly disrespectful! So I am taking the chance to use this course to teach him to respect women, and their bodies. All too often we hear about girls being made to leave classes because their shoulders are showing, or even their collar bones. Why not the boys? Why are the boys and their education valued more than the girls? And why are the boys not taught better? That really irks me. If a boy is so overcome by distraction over a shoulder, then he truly needs to be taught more-so I'm using this course as a means to also instill this into my own son. Purity of heart, mind, and body. And I know it's working. We were watching a movie the other night, and a girl had on a low cut shirt and Mr. B hid his eyes saying she was showing too much skin and he wanted to respect her. 

For the future, I plan to spend a great deal of time on segment 6. The power of pornography is great, and it is underestimated. My marriage ended over pornography and my ex's addiction to it. My son is already starting to understand things along those lines, and I'm teaching him now that it is wrong. 
Overall, this is one of the best purity programs I've ever had the chance to look over and use. I love how Abby Ludvigson doesn't just talk a good game, but she's been there and done that. She is truly leading by example.

I found the parent book to be helpful in leading me in the right way to approach the topics and work within the program. The student book is great. It has a lot of question and answer pages that really get into the program and have your teen thinking about what has been covered in the lessons, and how it applies to them. Overall,  I highly recommend Sex by Design
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A SWEET review of A Semi-Sweet Summer

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About the Book:

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Name of book: A Semi-Sweet Summer
Author: Jan Elder
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Cassidy Cooper never wanted to set foot in Crystal Falls again. Ten years earlier, she’d given her heart to a boy who’d, in turn, humiliated her deeply. Now, back in town as the sole beneficiary of her sister’s estate, she’s determined to make her sister’s dream of an upscale chocolate truffle shop, come true.
Hunter Gray is very intrigued by his new neighbor. His escape artist cow, Marigold, engineers an introduction…but it’s not quite the first impression he was hoping for. Baffled by the nagging suspicion he’s seen this woman before, he plots to win Cassidy’s heart at every opportunity.
With the object of her unrequited love living within shouting distance, Cassidy prays for strength to forgive and forget. And Hunter? He just wants to get back to his own dream to grow his farm and get to know the pretty girl next door. If she’ll let him.

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About the Author

Jan Elder with Pink FlowersJAN ELDER is an inspirational romance writer with a passion for telling stories other women can relate to on a deep level. She strives to write the kind of book that will strengthen the reader’s faith, introducing the reader to a loving and forgiving Lord who walks beside us in our daily lives, while also providing an entertaining and engrossing love story.
Happily married for fourteen years to loving (and supportive) husband, Steve, the two live in central Maryland along with Jamie (a chubby black and white tuxedo cat), and Shu-Shu (a willowy tortoiseshell cat). On the weekends, Jan and Steve comb the nearby countryside in search of the perfect ice cream flavor.
My Thoughts

We have the story of Cassidy and Hunter. Cassidy's mom had married and the two lived with her mother's husband, and his daughter, for a few years until the two divorced and Cassidy and her mother moved. Cassidy considered her step sister her actual sister, and refers to her as such in the book. Her sister died, and left everything she had to Cassidy, even though the two were not on speaking terms and hadn't been for years. Her sister was friends with a neighbor girl who didn't like Cassidy at all, and together the two girls humiliated Cassidy and she could never forgive them. This set off the events that led to Cassidy not speaking to her sister, so she was shocked when she was willed a house and the makings of a chocolate business in small town Crystal Falls.

After vowing to never step foot back in the little town, Cassidy finds herself gawking at a bare-chested neighbor who has just followed his cow into her yard. She comes to find out that Hunter, the bare-chested cow chaser, is the one person in the little town she'd hoped to never see again . . . and he lives right next door!

 Once word gets out that Cassidy is following through with her sister's wishes of opening a gourmet truffle shop, things start happening such as a someone breaking into the shop and causing a lot of destruction. Everyone is pretty shocked when the find out the culprit, but will Cassidy ever be able to get over what her sister did to her, and will she and Hunter make a life for each other?! I guess you'll just have to read it to find out!
I just loved this book! It's not a difficult read, nor a long one. I read it in an evening/night, and found it to be well paced and sweet (pun TOTALLY intended!) The characters are sweet, and you really get a sense of their personality. They are well developed, and the timeline makes sense. The whole story line is well paced, and believable. I could really put myself in Cassidy's shoes, and I appreciate how the author was able to fill in any gaps that wouldn't make sense like how her sister was able to get the money to pay off a house and start a business at such a young age. 

Guest Post from Jan Elder

How did you come up with your premise? Is there a story behind your book? How did the story evolve?
When I first parked myself in front of my laptop, preparing to write A Semi-Sweet Summer, I was waxing nostalgic. Shortly before that, I joined a Facebook group, people from a church I had attended when I was a teenager. Memories flooded through me and a myriad of feelings, some quite strong, rose up to assault me. There were a great many pleasant remembrances, but what I recall the most about being in those “stuck in the middle” years was that there was a great deal of anxiety, the sensation of being so very different—certainly not part of the “in” crowd.
A large part of this book harkens back to my teenage years, my thoughts swinging to a boy I had the biggest crush on in high school. He was three and a half years older (I still remember his birthday) and he was definitely in the “elite” segment of our church youth group—the cool kids I so longed to be a part of. Sorry to say, I followed him around like a puppy, learned all of his favorite foods, chosen hobbies, etc. I try not to think I actually stalked him, but I was very aware of his presence, and searched for ways to be near him.
In A Semi-Sweet Summer, I tried to transfer some of that raging angst into fodder for Cassidy’s discomfort in finding her unrequited love living right next door. Cassidy never really fit in, hardly that enviable cheerleader, not a person that anyone would notice. Rather, she sees herself as sort of an ugly duckling. Now she’s back ten years later and it’s a tough situation. By this time, my characters have grown and changed from the people they were in high school. They are well on their way to the path God has set before them. And by the end, they are very different—kinder, gentler folks who have learned a bit more of what it means to truly love.
I like to think that God can use our experiences to help others through similar situations. Maybe this novel will provide some hope or closure for those who have been in the same boat, and spur them on to get past the pain. And hey, who doesn’t love a good story about baked goods, happy cows, and chocolate truffles?
As for me? The funny thing is, my husband has the same first name as my first love. He even has the same color hair, the same easy grin as that other guy. I guess one could say I am attracted to a certain type. But oh, my sweetheart is so much better. My guy is the man God had waiting for me. The other was only a pale imitation, just practice for the real thing.

Blog Stops

ASC Book Reviews, October 12
Remembrancy, October 16
A Greater YesOctober 19
Carpe Diem, October 19
autism momOctober 20
Quiet Quilter, October 23
Karen Sue HadleyOctober 24
Reading Is My SuperPower, October 25 (Interview)

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To celebrate her tour, Jan is giving away a 12 piece box of Godiva Chocolates and a Kindle Fire HD Tablet with Alexa (Valued at over $100)!!
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**I received a copy of this free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. I wasn't required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.**

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Pencil Grip, Inc. REVIEW

The Pencil Grip, Inc.
The Pencil Grip, Inc. is one of my most FAVORITE companies. They have great products such as KwikStix and ThinStix, sensory fidgets, and these two products: The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit
The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors
The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit
The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors feature a plastic construction with a plastic guard that has a tiny slit in it where the paper slips through to be cut. It also has a little yellow, plastic piece that helps teach your child how to open and close the scissors. This little lever will keep the scissors always open, and provide just a bit of resistance to help teach your child how to properly squeeze and open the scissors.

The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit is a 3-step set of pencil grips that teach and/or improve your pencil grip. These can be used by right handed or left handed writers. They have a rubbery feel to them, and they fit any standard writing utensil such as a pencil, pen, or even crayons. 



Our Experience: 

Ok, y'all know I LOVE The Pencil Grip, Inc. I feature them on the blog often-both sponsored, and non-sponsored posts. We love love love love LOVE their KwikStix line of products, and I'm expected more products soon to feature in my holiday gift guide this year. With that said....sigh...the scissors were not a good fit for us. The overall design and idea behind them is GREAT, but-At least in our cases-something happened during manufacturing and they aren't as durable as I'd like them to be. And you've no idea how much it breaks my heart to say that! For very small children, they might be ok so long as the child is gentle, and not overly hard on stuff. But for my 12 year old (small on size) they were easily broken. He used them twice before he had easily broken off the plastic guard. Maybe it's because his autistic mind knew regular scissors did not have a guard? Maybe it's because he had trouble getting the paper through the slit? I don't know. I just know I told him once to stop pulling at it because I was concerned it would break, and the next thing I knew-they were broken. The scissors still work, but not as the ultra safe safety version. The little yellow always open thingy is kind of along the same lines, and I worry it could be a potential choke hazard if one isn't careful with very small children. I had to ultimately take the scissors away from him because I was afraid he'd break that off, or cut himself on the jagged part of the handle where he broke the guard free. Everything else we have every tried from this company has been superb and excellent. I'm not sure what happened with these scissors, and it's possible this is an isolated incident with only our pair, or our situation. I will say, as far as left-handed vs. right-handed use-Mr. B had no problem with left-handed use as far as being able to hold them correctly, and comfortably. 






The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit is GREAT! These are exactly what I expect from The Pencil Grip, Inc. in terms of quality and performance. Mr. B has a VERY strange pencil grip, and Princess J has gone from having a very good grip, to fist holding. So these are working VERY well for both kids.
These grips are intended to be used as a 3 step method, and I so wish we had had these when Mr. B was younger as I think these would have prevented his wonky grip he currently fights. 


I've never seen this grip before. It's not even on the chart of correct vs. incorrect grips. It's crazy! He uses ALL of his fingers, and it's just....crazy. 


His grip isn't any of the listed ones. He's in a league all his own! But, look what happens when he uses the 3rd pencil grip.


This is the last step, and while he's still not perfect, and we are going to be using these more, it's a LOT better. His handwriting is a LOT neater, too. We tried steps 1 and 2, but he was having frustration issues trying to make it "perfect." It's an autism thing for him. So I went to this one to try and get him used to having his fingers together more, without the closed in effect of the first two. Now that he's getting more used to it, I have been able add in the first one a bit more to fine tune his grip. 


STEP 1

The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit
This grip doesn't allow for extra movement of your fingers. There's a little covered area there where your fingers slip in, and they can't really move away from that. This is great for first stage training, and I wish we had had this when he was younger. Now that he's had his bad grip for so long, I'm having to backwards chain in a way back to step one. This is where Princess J still is. If I take this grip off her crayons or pencil at all, she goes right back to a fist hold. 

STEP 2

The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit
This one still has a bit of an overhang to prevent your fingers from trailing off, but it allows for more freedom and movement. We've moved back into this one for a bit to try and fine time his grip a little more. 

STEP 3

The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit
This is his favorite grip, and the one pictured in use. This allows for ultimate freedom, and it's great to use even when you have a good grip already. I've personally noticed that using these grips have helped with hand fatigue and cramping. Mr. B would always whine when he was made to write by hand before, and now he doesn't even argue it. 

These pencil grips aren't just for kids. I was curious to see if they would help me. I can tell a big difference in my penmanship while using the grips myself. They make handwriting more pleasurable, less tedious, and give overall better penmanship results. 



OVERALL

While the scissors didn't work for us, the pencil grips have worked fabulously. I can tell a huge difference in both  kids' grips just in the few weeks we have used them, and even my handwriting is a lot better. I always highly recommend The Pencil Grip, Inc. and this time is no exception. I hope to see a change in production with the Ultra Safe Safety Scissors as I think they are a great concept that wasn't executed well in the manufacturing stage, but the idea and design is a great one. The grips, especially the 3 step kit, are wonderful. 


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