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Handwriting Without Tears


Handwriting Without Tears is dedicated to developing excellent materials for children and training for teachers. As a result, millions of students have successfully used our program. The result truly is handwriting without tears!

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.

Millions of students all over the world use Handwriting Without Tears. Our easy-to-teach, easy-to-learn curriculum makes handwriting mastery joyful for students. Research supports the active teaching of handwriting. Recent findings demonstrate that writing by hand improves creative writing skills and fine motor skills. In fact, elementary students have been found to write more and faster by hand than when keyboarding. And with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, the emphasis and expectations placed on classroom note-taking and expository writing in grades K–5 is greater than ever.


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. 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.

STAGE 1: IMITATION

The child watches as the teacher writes and then imitates the teacher.

STAGE 2: COPYING

The child looks at the completed model of a letter, word, or sentence and copies it to match the model.

STAGE 3: INDEPENDENT WRITING

The child writes unassisted, without a demonstration or a model.


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.


Keyboarding Without Tears



Keyboarding Without Tears is the only keyboarding program with an ISTE Seal of Alignment.

WE MAKE IT EASY TO TEACH THE FOUNDATION SKILLS STUDENTS NEED TO SUCCEED WITH TODAY'S CLASSROOM WORK AND ONLINE TESTING.

  • Builds touch typing fluency and speed.

  • Includes general computer readiness and digital citizenship skills, too!

  • Web-based, compatible with PC/Mac computers, Chromebooks, iPads, and tablets.

  • Configures to various roster management and SSO solutions.


WHY IT WORKS


We teach pre-keyboarding and keyboarding by grade, beginning with the easiest typing skills first and becoming more challenging as children progress through each grade level. Our simplified approach ensures consistency as students improve their touch typing skills from kindergarten through fifth grade.


Why educators are successful


  • Cross-curricular themes to integrate with other subjects.

  • Only 5-10 minutes a day or 30 minutes a week

  • Teacher's guides include teacher-led lessons on digital citizenship and computer readiness.

  • Preview lesson and create progress reports in an interactive dashboard.

Why students are successful


  • Engaging, game-based activities.

  • Simplified approach to correct finger placement and two-handed typing.

  • Self-directed lessons with helpful audio/video instructions and minimal teacher instruction time.

  • Grade-level appropriate lessons.

  • Developmental progression of skills.

  • Unique focus on pre-keyboarding motor skills.

  • Fun, integrated words per minute (WPM) and accuracy Spot Checks.

Easy to set up


  • Web-based for classroom and school-to-home connections.

  • Use on PC/Mac computers, Chromebooks, iPads, tablets.

  • Integrates with your Student Information System.

  • Compatible with iPad external keyboard.