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FAQ

 Why is the Handwriting Without Tears® teaching order different? How does it work?

The HWT teaching order is successful because it follows a developmental teaching sequence. We teach easy letters first, beginning with capitals and then teaching letters in groups of similar stroke sequence. When students master easier skills, they are better prepared to learn more difficult groups—those prone to reversals or having diagonal lines. As a result, children gain mastery and confidence more quickly and can focus on the content of their work rather than the mechanics of letter formation. The HWT teaching order results in writing that is fluid, legible, and automatic.

Your program emphasizes a vertical style of print and cursive. Will my child be able to develop her own style?

By using HWT techniques, your child will learn the handwriting basics and develop a solid foundation to become proficient with letter formation, placement of letters on lines, spacing between letters and words, and differentiating the size of capital and lowercase letters. Eventually, your child will develop her own style after the basics are mastered.

Why do you use paper with double lines? My child’s school uses three lines. Won’t this lead to confusion?

Our double lines help students master handwriting and develop an internal sense of size and placement that makes the transition to other styles of paper easy. Our Double Line Paper eliminates line confusion. By using two lines, we eliminate line confusion. Directions are plain and clear. The bottom line keeps the writing straight and the mid line controls the size of the letters.

What are specific benefits of the HWT program for students struggling with their handwriting?

The HWT method and strategies works for children who aren’t successful with other handwriting methods. The simple vertical style of print and cursive that is developmentally easier to learn. In addition, HWT uses multi-sensory teaching strategies that appeal to all styles of learners and child friendly, consistent language in all grades.

What specific activities does your program use to help Pre-K children with fine motor delay?

The methods are based on the developmental abilities of young children and uses a variety of multi-sensory (visual, touch, listening and movement) teaching strategies. We use music, movement, wood piece manipulatives, letter play, building, and coloring to develop skills.

My child is still struggling with his printing, but his class is moving to cursive. Can he move on to cursive if he’s still struggling with printing?

Yes, he can get a fresh start with cursive. Begin with the Handwriting Without Tears third-grade materials. Move slowly, and always show him how to form the letters before he practices in the workbook. The Blackboard with Double Lines is great for the demonstration. Instruction should occur daily for 15 minutes.

Why do you teach capital letters first? Won’t children struggle with their lowercase letters later on?

We teach what’s easiest first and capitals are much easier. They are all the same size, all start at the top, and share the same placement positions on paper (starting above the mid-line and going down to the bottom line). They are also formed with only 4 strokes (big line, little line, big curve, little curve) Children who learn capitals first are better prepared for lowercase writing.

It seems that cursive writing is easier and less fatiguing than printing. Why is this?

Cursive can be easier for some people than printing. Letters are connected to each other, creating a continuous flow of thought and movement. When mastered, cursive is generally faster than print because print starts and stops with each letter that is formed. Printing is the best place to start young children in handwriting, but cursive has it’s place with older children and adults.

Is the Roll–A–Dough gluten free?
The dough in Roll–A–Dough Letters™ is not gluten free. There are gluten free recipes available on the internet.