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Handwriting Without Tearms


The proof is in the classroom.

Handwriting Without Tears Works!

Students using Handwriting Without Tears have high end-of-year scores on foundation printing and cursive skills, making them well prepared for the demands to produce written work in today’s classrooms.

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It's a fact:

  • Research shows that handwriting is a foundational skill that can influence student’s reading, writing, language use, and critical thinking (Saperstein Associates 2012).
  • When children practice printing by hand, their neural activity is far more enhanced and “adult-like” (Bounds 2010).
  • Research states that learning how to write by hand is a necessary motor exercise (Saperstein Associates 2012; James and Gauthier 2006; James 2012; Berninger 2012). 
  • Children consistently do better writing with a pen. They write more and they write faster (Berninger 2009).

The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum draws from years of research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for your classroom. See why it works:

  • Our teaching orders move from writing readiness in Pre-K, to printing and cursive. The scope and sequence of lessons is based on research about how children learn best.
  • Our program follows research that states children learn more effectively by actively doing, and by using the different senses.
  • Our unique physical approach addresses posture, grip, and paper positioning.

See links to the original articles and references.


Additional Research

See why the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum prepares children for school—in all subjects.
Do you know what percentage of the school day is spent on handwritten work? Read our research bulletin to find out! 
Learn about a recent pilot study on how Mat Man® activities improve student learning and academic performance.

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