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Handwriting Without Tearms

Teaching Strategies

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.

Developmental Sequence

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.

Stages of Learning


Developmental Order

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.

Multisensory Teaching

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.

Multisensory Lessons


Learn & Check

In all of our 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 our 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.