For months I have had people tell me to get Handwriting Without Tears for my boys to learn handwriting. I thought I could just as easily print a bunch of worksheets off the internet and have the kids sit and do them and that magically their handwriting would just get better with practice. I was wrong. What would happen is the boys would get bored and annoyed with doing generic worksheets everyday. This caused frustration and their handwriting suffered!
I recently had the opportunity to review Handwriting Without Tears Kindergarten Workbook and Teachers Guide. We have had more progress in the last month of using it in our home than we have had the entire year of printing out worksheets! Grant, who is 4 years old, is actually excite to work on his handwriting daily. Handwriting Without Tears teaches the children proper handwriting skills in creative, multi-sensory ways that really stick in their little minds! I overheard Grant in his room writing on a piece or paper. He was writing the letter “F”. He was repeating, out loud, to himself “big line, frog jump, little line, frog jump, little line”. That is when I knew that what he was learning from Handwriting Without Tears was working! We used it daily for a month and the difference in Grant’s handwriting was amazing!
Handwriting Without Tears is effective because of the way it is taught. The lessons are ACTIVE! There is singing, movement, talk and experiences to go along with the handwriting practice. Handwriting Without Tears is child friendly because it uses simple terms that small children can understand like “big line, frog jump and small curve instead of left, right and clockwise”. The program is able to be used by left-handers and right-handers alike. The pictures printed on the pages are more than just illustrations. They are simple black and white illustrations that also promote proper left to right directionality. As a bonus the kids can color the pictures at the end of the lesson which my son loved to do as a reward!
Lessons are easy to follow and inventive. Each lesson in the Kindergarten Teachers Guide contains:
- Information about how to teach the lesson.
- A main activity with step-by-step instruction.
- Additional instructional resources, tips and activities online.
- Support for modifying or reinforcing the activity.
- How to check and assess if the activity is being utilized correctly.
- Ways to extend learning by adding complexity and variety.
Handwriting Without Tears not only makes the program easy to follow and FUN… they also put a lot of thought and effort into TEACHER SUPPORT. They offer digital teaching tools to help teach letter formation. Also Handwriting Without Tears makes it simple to make and print worksheets from their A+ Worksheet maker for extra reinforcement. You have access to video lessons which is an online library full of videos featuring teachers and occupational therapist using the materials with students as well as seminars and an E-Newsletter full of helpful tips, resources, activity ideas and more from experts!
Because Handwriting Without Tears is a multi-sensory program here is a list of a few materials that can help your child learn easier while having fun:
Music and Movement CDs which makes learning letter fun!
Slate chalk board and/or Wet, Dry, Try App that adds multi-sensory learning to handwriting with their wet, dry, try approach.
Flip crayons which promote proper finger grip and fine motor skills.
Pencils for little hands that are smaller and easier for children to use a proper grip!
Handwriting Without Tears Kindergarten workbook retails for $8.25
Handwriting Without Tears Teachers Guide retails for $9.25
To me this is such a small price to pay for progress you can clearly see! We look forward to continuing Handwriting Without Tears and I plan to purchase it for my 1st grader as well!
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