NEW Handwriting Without Tears®

An award-winning curriculum that offers a NEW integrated print and digital approach to teach pencil grip, letter formation, and the literacy skills that are needed for print and cursive handwriting.

New! Building the Foundation of Literacy

Welcome to the NEW 2022 edition of Handwriting Without Tears!

"This year, our program's lineup has been expanded with new digital components and an emergent writing Pre-K solution designed to help you prepare students with foundational skills they'll cherish their entire lives. You can learn more about our emergent writing solution in our new publication Building the Foundation for Literacy Success.


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

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Children who master handwriting are better, more creative writers. The earlier we teach children to master handwriting, the more likely they are to succeed in school, and write with speed and ease in all subjects. We use fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate instructional methods to enable children to master handwriting as an automatic and comfortable skill.

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Integrated Print and Digital Solution

The Handwriting Without Tears integrated solution provides dozens of pre-loaded lesson plans aligned with our innovative developmental order and the ability to change the order of letter instruction to fit your core ELA curriculum.

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The Foundation of Communication

Handwriting remains a critical skill in the classroom. In order for children to be successful readers, writers—and ultimately communicators—they need a strong foundation. 


Explicit handwriting instruction in your classroom will give your students a jump start on communication success. 


Find out why and how Handwriting Without Tears is the perfect fit for your elementary school classrooms. 

Why It Works Easy to learn & teach!

The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory strategies for early writing. The program follows research of how children learn best and includes materials that address all styles of learning.

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Multisensory Teaching Strategies

Multisensory activities and manipulatives appeal to all learning styles and provide a hands-on approach to handwriting.

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Cross-Curricular Connections

Teach handwriting alongside other subjects! Fun letter lessons and writing activities connect handwriting to math, social studies, ELA, and science.

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Unique Letter Order and Style

Innovative letter order and style are developmentally appropriate and promote easy learning for every letter—print and cursive.

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Student Edition Design

Clean, simple, and intuitive approach to student editions invites personalization and fosters handwriting success. Lefty-friendly with large step-by-step models.

Line Success

Double lines and line generalization activities promote legible writing. When children know how to place letters, they can write well on any style of lined paper.

Assessments and Tailored Instructional Plans

Easy-to-use assessments track handwriting progress in the classroom and support your instruction for year-round handwriting success.

Proven Teaching Strategies

More than 3 million students benefit from the Handwriting Without Tears® program each year.


High end-of-year test scores show students using Handwriting Without Tears are prepared for the handwriting demands of school.

The Screener of Handwriting Proficiency

The Screener of Handwriting Proficiency is a free and easy-to administer whole-class assessment tool that provides insightful data through formative and summative assessments on students’ handwriting skills and areas in need of remediation.


Educators can use the Screener to identify and measure specific skill areas where students need print or cursive instruction and intervention throughout the year.




“The progress is so rapid. All teachers should have awareness and access to this wonderful writing program.”

Rhonda D.
Elementary School Teacher, Kentwood, LA



K–5 Handwriting Workshops

Register now for our K–5 handwriting workshop and get engaging, multisensory techniques for quick and effective handwriting instruction!

Hands-On, Multisensory Products

Browse multisensory products and student workbooks that make printing and cursive easy to teach and easy to learn. 

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Bundle Student Editions: See Success, Save Money!

Bundle a handwriting student edition with a journal and a NEW Building Writers student edition for consistent writing instruction and cost savings!

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