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Handwriting Without Tearms

Workbook Design

We carefully plan each workbook page and everything that’s on it. Our 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.

Child Friendly, Simple Language

Our 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.

Large Step-by-Step Models

It is much easier for children to understand how to form letters if you show them how. Our workbooks contain large step-by-step images that show students how to make each part of every letter.

Large Step-by-Step Illustrated Directions

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.

Our 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.

Line Generalization: Success on All Paper Styles

Our workbooks provide activities for children to experience different types of lined paper. They begin with the simple double lines, then we teach them to master all lines.

Lefty Friendly

Our 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.