Years ago I listened to an audio by Andrew Pudewa and he made what I thought was a startling statement,
I thought he’d gone mad.
Everyone knows children have to write in pencil until they are at least ten…don’t they? I’m guessing it’s the ‘developmentally appropriate’ thing to do. It’s probably written in blood in the National Curriculum or something. You certainly won’t see children in the younger grades at school writing in pen…GASP!
But Mr Pudewa got me thinking…he tends to do that.
Kids do waste a lot of time sharpening pencils.
Maybe there is a kinesthetic and tactile reason for preferring pens. I always grab a pen over a pencil. I also prefer a nice smooth ink flow in my pens.
Don’t we all hate writing with a blunt pencil. I find it somehow more tiring. I thought it was all in my head. But maybe not.
Actually I’m not a fan of a ‘too sharp’, scratchy pencil either. Writing with a mechanical pencil, for me, is like scratching your fingers down a blackboard.
It’s certainly easier to see a pen mark on the page than a pencil mark.
Perhaps all these things explain why children are just itching to be allowed to write in pen.
Maybe there is something ‘easier’ and more pleasant about writing in pen.
So we converted to pens.
I have to confess though. I’m not a total convert to Mr Pudewa’s pen philosophy.
He does not allow erasing. I don’t have a problem with it.
In fact, I like having the option of erasing or not,
which is why I searched high and low for a good erasable pen.
I found “Pilot’s Erasable Frixion Pens”.
They’re our favourite now.
The retractable sort are our preference. They write more smoothly I think.
But I only seem to be able to find the retractable version in blue.
I also like how well these erase. Other erasable pens we’ve tried always left a mark. These erase better than pencils!
And you can’t lose the eraser as it’s on the end of your pen. Nor does it break and crumble. The eraser is firm and works through friction. As the ink heats up through rubbing, it disappears.
The only caution with these pens is that the ink is not permanent and may disappear at high temperatures. Personally we’ve never experienced this. We’ve left written work in the car all day to return and find it still intact. However, we are careful not to use these pens for really important reasons.
The kids, however, have enjoyed experimenting with the pens’ invisibility – erasing text and then placing it in the freezer to watch it return.
So the pens are fun as well as pleasurable to write with.
I tell you, homeschooling turns your world upside down from all angles.
First we abandon the school system, and now pencils.
What a revolutionary life we lead!