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Handwriting + Emergent Writing

From emergent writing in Pre-K to cursive mastery in fifth grade, Handwriting Without Tears helps students develop a fluency for writing success, no matter where they learn.

Handwriting Without Tears

"No matter what challenges arise this year, please know that our team is here to support you, your students, and the families counting on you."
Terry Nealon, CEO, Learning Without Tears

New! Building the Foundation of Literacy

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An Integrated Print and Digital Solution for Handwriting

Get the expert-backed and research-proven resources you need–in the classroom and online–to ensure student success. Our integrated print and digital handwriting solution encompasses print and digital student editions, along with powerful apps designed for teachers and students. 

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Interactive Digital Teaching Tool FREE TRIAL

The IDTT helps you teach handwriting no matter where you are. Get dozens of pre-loaded lesson plans, assignment tracker, and online access to our robust teacher's guides.

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Integrated Print and Digital Solution

Teachers can access a digital teaching platform for support and tools, customize their lessons to suit their ELA needs, and students can complete work remotely through a student app.

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Emergent Writing for Pre-K

Ease young learners into their communication journeys with this intentionally designed curriculum. Students build pre-writing and emergent writing skills developmentally through engaging, hands-on, play-based activities.

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Pre-K Interactive Digital Teaching Tool FREE TRIAL

The Pre-K Interactive Teaching Tool helps you bring Pre-K lessons to life with videos, animations, and songs—all in a friendly voice that connects with children.

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Program Materials

Lessons address general readiness, pre-writing, alphabet knowledge, letter and number recognition, capital and lowercase letter formation, counting, drawing, shapes, and colors.

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Why Handwriting Without Tears Works

Handwriting Without Tears utilizes intuitive, child-friendly language and imagery in students' lessons and assignments, all of which can be easily accessed via any web browser, from school or home.

  • Large step-by-step models
  • Fine-motor development activities
  • Integrated, multisensory strategies
  • Developmental teaching order
  • Cross-curricular connections

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Why Emergent Writing Works

Our Pre-K writing lessons are designed to impart developmentally appropriate skills for students as they prepare for kindergarten and beyond.

  • Purposeful manipulatives help children progress from coloring and tracing letters to writing their names
  • Play-based techniques like music and dance enhance lessons
  • Digital components augment remote learning
  • Equitable materials available in English and Spanish