- Handwriting Without Tears Pre-K Kit
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The Handwriting Without Tears program incorporates hands-on activities and multisensory teaching strategies that build good handwriting habits early.
Handwriting remains the primary way that elementary students communicate their thoughts and produce work in the classroom. Research shows that elementary students spend 40 percent of their day on handwritten activities. Students who receive handwriting instruction are better, more creative writers and have higher grades in all subjects - even math.
Handwriting Without Tears® (HWT) utilizes a two-lined approach to handwriting, providing a simple but clearly successful style. This style is developmentally based, works for children of all abilities, is easy to teach and is multi-sensory. Children with visual, perceptual, fine motor and other processing problems learn to write neatly and legibly. HWT includes easy-to-learn steps for printing with both teacher and student manuals and is also "lefty" friendly.
This program offers extremely basic exercises in figure-ground discrimination and top-to-bottom, left-to-right sequencing. When it comes to forming letters it begins with all capitals. Why? Because, unlike the lower-case p, q, b, and d, the capital letters are all very easy to distinguish. Your children won't mix them up.
Pre-K Kit includes supplies for 5 students
Readiness and Writing Pre-K Teacher's Guide
Gives you the latest resources and strategies for teaching handwriting in only 15 minutes per day. Address children's diverse learning styles. Teach activities easily with lessons that address general readiness, alphabet knowledge, letter/number recognition and formation, counting, drawing, shapes, and colors. Multisensory lessons, expanded teaching guidelines, understanding checks, and ELL support are included.
My First School Book
Children learn with multisensory readiness activities, developing and practicing crucial readiness and pre-writing skills. Child-friendly language makes letter and number formation easy. Unique gray crayon stroke disappears when children trace over it. Color, number, and shape lessons develop crayon and pencil grip. Includes social-emotional activities for school readiness.
Capital Letters Wood Pieces
Pre-writing instruction and practice made easy (size, shape, and position words and concepts). Use with Capital Letter Cards to teach letter building. Three-dimensional shapes. Includes 26 pieces: 8 big lines, 6 big curves, 6 little lines, and 6 little curves.
Capital Letter Cards for Wood Pieces
Ideal for children who are just starting to learn to build capital letters. The front of each card shows a capital letter formed with wood pieces and is used to teach the stroke sequence for forming the letter The back has four beginning activities to teach letter awareness and same/different discrimination. Set includes 26 double sided 8.5" x 11" cards.
Mat for Wood Pieces
After mastering guided information on the Letter Cards, children progress to building letters on the 8" x 11" blue mat. The smiley face icon on the top left corner reminds them where to start.
It's fun to roll and cut dough snakes to make capitals and numbers. Use the blue tray with sand, shaving cream, or rice for additional practice. Set includes: 18 double sided capital and number cards, tray, and gluten free dough.
Stamp and See Screen®
Build capitals and numbers using "Wood Piece" stamps. Magnetic, chalk-like writing tool helps develop grip. Set includes: 4" x 6" magnetic screen, 4 magnetic stamps (Big Line, Little Line, Big Curve, Little Curve), and magnetic writing tool.
Roll-A-Dough Letters and Stamp and See Screen work together. The Roll-A-Dough cards fit perfectly on the Stamp and See Screen as a template for tracing letters. Students will be amazed when they lift and see the letter they made. WARNING: Choking Hazard. Not for children under 3 years.
The 4" x 6" Slate Chalkboard is used to teach and remediate capitals and numbers. The smiley face icon at the corner reinforces top-to-bottom, left-to-right directionality. Children write capitals and numbers in a consistent size. The frame prevents and eliminates reversals.
Pre-K Color Wall Cards
Use these cards above the chalkboard, on bulletin boards, or in circle time as a letter or number of the week activity. Includes 36 (8-1/2" x 8-1/2") color card stock letter and number cards.
Get Set for School Sing-Along CD
Children will develop important social, cognitive, and physical skills as they sing, tap, dance, rock, and rap to develop school readiness with Get Set for School. All songs based off of traditional or folk songs unless otherwise noted. Includes 25 songs and Lyrics booklet.
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The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.
Unique strategies that appeal to all. We teach actively and explicitly in a developmental sequence. Our program uses multisensory teaching to incorporate all the senses in a fun and engaging way, ensuring that all children learn regardless of learning style or background.
We teach the easiest skills first, then build on prior knowledge. Our teaching sequence takes advantage of child development and brain research to promote effective learning and good habits.
Teaching letters in a developmental order helps children master skills and boosts confidence. We teach capitals first, and then lowercase letters. All letters are taught in small groups of similar formation. Children master the easier letter groups, and then move to the more difficult letters groups.
We help children develop their writing skills through explicit, multisensory, play based instruction. Children move, touch, feel, and manipulate real objects as they learn the habits and skills essential for writing. We use music to speak to children and promote movement and memory. Other multisensory lessons in the teachers’ guides use Voices, Letter Stories, Door Tracing, Air Writing, and Mystery Letter Games to teach letter formation and placement on lines.
Learn & Check
In all of the workbooks, we teach children to check their letter, word, and sentence skills after new lessons. Students check their letters for correct start, steps, and bumping the lines. Words are checked for correct size, placement, and closeness. Sentences are checked for correct capitalization, word spacing, and punctuation.
Review & Mastery
In the cursive program, mastery of concepts is reinforced with three levels of Review & Mastery activities throughout student workbooks. The sections follow a group of letters and focus on reinforcing the formation of all previously taught letters.
Child Friendly, Simple Language
Consistent, child friendly language evolved in response to complicated letter formation terminology in other programs. When teaching letter formation, we eliminate language that assumes that children understand left/right orientation, clockwise/counter-clockwise, or forward/backward circles. We make it easy by using fewer, carefully selected words that children know or understand. The workbooks are accessible and friendly, yet also promote excellence. We want children to practice correctly, therefore our workbook pages promote efficient, effective practice for each letter.
Large Step-by-Step Models
It is much easier for children to understand how to form letters if you show them how. The workbooks contain large step-by-step images that show students how to make each part of every letter.
Black & White, Simple, Clean Design & Illustrations
The black and white pages in our workbooks are clean and clear. We deliberately avoid visually confusing backgrounds, colored graphics, crowded pages, and multicolored lines. Our simple workbook pages are appealing and invite children to color and draw once they have finished the lesson.
The illustrations promote left-to-right directionality. This is a unique feature of our workbooks. The illustrations go left to right across the page to encourage correct visual tracking and writing direction.
The workbooks are lefty friendly. Teaching pages provide models on the left and right so that left-handed children can easily see the model they are copying. Lefties never have to lift their hands or place them in an awkward position to see a model. Children always make their best letter directly beside a model. This design encourages excellent letter practice for both left- and right-handed children.