Thursday, January 3, 2013

Handwriting Without Tears

I absolutely love this program. The first time I used it was when Goose was learning Cursive Writing. Now Gosling is learning print. She is obviously to young to have the dexterity to trace letters with pencil and paper. So between the Montessori Sandpaper Letter Cards (from Lakeshore Learning) and the "Wooden Pieces for Capital Letters" from HWT, Gosling can learn how the letters are formed.

Actually I made my own wooden "foam board" pieces since I don't have the money to buy the real set right now.  Here is the web site for HWT -

This is Mat Man
He is made from the "Wooden Pieces for Capital Letters" and the "mat."
This activity helps children to develop body awareness as well as become familiar with the pieces.
There is a cute song that they sing as they put Mat Man together.

 (Sorry the photos are sideways today. It's one of those days and I can't figure out how to fix it.)

This is the other way to use the "Wooden Pieces for Capital Letters" along with the sandpaper finger tracing card.  This, at least the sandpaper card is a hand over hand activity until they really know it.

There is an App for That
There is also a great app for the ipad and now any tablet. Unfortunately, I bought it for the ipad and now the ipad is out of commission. But it is a great app. Also a hand over hand activity to start with. But I highly recommend it.

Free on-line Resources
I also recommend setting up a free account to use the on-line activities and resources. There is an adorable on-line Mat Man game that Gosling likes and I use the Worksheet maker for Goose so she can continue to practice her cursive writing.  You can type in any words and print for free. Right now Goose is writing her Human Anatomy and Physiology vocabulary words, but we've also done States and Capitals, Continents and Countries and Spanish Review.

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