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Handwriting in Today's Classrooms

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Keyboarding Without Tears


The K-5 Keyboarding Without Tears curriculum:

  • Includes effective, game-based lessons
  • Fits perfectly into the developmental progression of writing
  • Teaches pre-keyboarding and keyboarding
  • Addresses general computer readiness, digital citizenship, and digital literacy

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Flip Crayon Activities

Tripod Grip with FLIP Crayons®

Diane teaches finger names and functions. This playful approach helps young children develop grasp.

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Using FLIP Crayons®

Children flip for FLIP Crayons®, the double-sided crayons for little hands that promote proper grip. Flipping the crayons to change colors is a fun and developmentally appropriate way for young learners to develop fine motor skills.

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Hands-on Materials

Building Capital Letters on Mat

This interactive letter building activity with the Mat and Wood Pieces keeps children focused as they respond to spoken instruction. Consistent terminology and taking turns reinforce learning and provide hands-on feedback.

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Show Me Magnetic Pieces

Show Me Magnetic Pieces is a demonstration tool that features a magnetic blue mat, magnetic lines and magnetic curves that allows teachers to model letter formations on a vertical surface for whole kindergarten class instruction. Students follow along with their Blue Mats and wood pieces.

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Mat Man for K

Building and Drawing Mat Man

Children bring the beloved Mat Man character to life with the Mat and Wood Pieces. This interactive activity helps young learners develop body awareness, drawing skills, socialization, and number awareness. Mat Man makes readiness skills fun and easy for all.

Readiness & Writing

Building Capitals with Capital Letter Cards

Children learn consistent terminology as they build letters on capital letter cards. This activity is a great precursor to building on the Mat. Children see the letter formations as the teacher guides them in group or in individual instruction.

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Magic C Bunny Helps Teach Handwriting for K-3

Magic C Cursive Lesson

The Handwriting Without Tears student workbooks make it easy to learn cursive. Here, a Magic C exercise is used to teach step-by-step letter formation.

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Magic C Letter Activities

Students learn to form "a", "d", and "g" playing the Magic C game on the Blackboard with Double lines. This is a fun way to practice letter formation skills.

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Music and Movement

Frog Jump Letters Song: Fun intro to big lines

Here, the class learns that F E D P B R N and M are all Frog Jump Capitals. They stand up and finger trace the Frog Jump Capitals in the air in time with the song. This multisensory activity is a great way to incorporate music and movement to make letters memorable.

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Sliding Down to the End of the Alphabet Song: Start with V, slide all the way to Z

Sliding Down to the End of the Alphabet is an upbeat rock and roll song that teaches the more difficult diagonals and the end of the alphabet. Children start with V and slide all the way down to Z. This rollicking tune ensures that children always remember the end of the alphabet. Since the teacher is facing the students, she must demonstrate the letters backwards so that the students model them correctly.

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Wet Dry Try Activities

Cursive Name on the Blackboard

Children have fun writing their names in cursive doing Wet-Dry-Try on the Blackboard with Double Lines. This multisensory hands-on activity is an easy way to  teach motor skills, mature grasp, letter formations and connections.

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Letter K on the Slate Chalkboard

Using the Slate chalkboard, Jan shows Charlie how to form a K with Wet-Dry-Try. The accompanying letter story helps Charlie remember each step.

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Letter O on the Slate Chalkboard

Its a perfect O on the slate. The Wet-Dry-Try exercise makes teaching and learning letter formation fun and memorable.

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Writing Name Using Wet-Dry-Try

Jan shows Ella how to write her name doing wet-dry-try. This motivational activity helps children have fun as they develop fine motor skills with small tools including little chalk bits.

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Workbook Writing

Lowercase "a" in the 1st Grade Workbook

The Handwriting Without Tears student workbooks feature step-by-step directions to help children learn letter formation. The Learn and Check section at the end of the teaching page helps them check their own work.

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Lowercase Letters in the Kindergarten Workbook

Children learn lowercase letters easily using the Handwriting Without Tears student workbooks. Multisensory activities and illustrated step-by-step instructions make it easy for children.

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Keyboarding Without Tears

Keyboarding Without Tears

The K-5 Keyboarding Without Tears curriculum:

  • Includes effective, game-based lessons
  • Fits perfectly into the developmental progression of writing
  • Teaches pre-keyboarding and keyboarding
  • Addresses general computer readiness, digital citizenship, and digital literacy

Learn more →

Sentence School

Learning to Write with Sentence School – Pre-Writing Lesson

In this first of four lessons, Tania introduces the children to basic sentence skills in a fun way through active participation. The children develop vocabulary, and learn by hearing and trying out new words.
 
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Learning to Write with Sentence School – Weekly Lesson #1

In this second of four lessons, Tania demonstrates word association and meaning by demonstrating each sentence as the children learn it. Direct association with something familiar has been shown to help children create a mental map for word learning.

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Learning to Write with Sentence School – Weekly Lesson #2

In this third of four lessons, Tania helps the children practice saying grammatically correct sentences. Saying complete sentences out loud gives children speaking practice, and develops their speaking and writing skills.

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Learning to Write with Sentence School – Weekly Lesson #3

In this last of four videos, Tania models sentence writing on the blackboard for the class. Seeing how you write helps make it easier for children to learn to write.

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Sentence School Testimonial

Janis, a Kindergarten teacher at a Blue Ribbon school, talks about her experience with Sentence School, and its use of quick active lessons to build sentence skills, including: grammar, vocabulary, concepts and writing.

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Teacher's Guides and Workbooks

Teacher's Guides and Workbooks – A Look Inside

Our workbooks and teacher’s guides make it even easier to teach handwriting and integrate it into your language arts instruction.

Teaching Tips for Educators

FAQ: Why do you use paper with double lines?

Why do you use paper with double lines? My childs school uses three lines.

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Letter Size and Placement Activity

Children have fun learning size and placement of tall, small, and descending letters with the letter sizes and places activity.

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Writing Using the Helping Hand

Watch Eli learn about using his helping hand to improve his posture and paper skills while writing. This playful approach makes it learning fun and memorable.

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