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LEARNING WITHOUT TEARS PRODUCTS

    A: Mat Man is not a single product. He is made out of the Mat for Wood Pieces and the Wood Pieces Set for Capital Letters.

    A: You can contact our sales team through our online form about getting samples, purchasing recommendations, and implementation opportunities. You can also reach sales by phone by calling (888) 983-8409.

    A: You can start with our online catalog to get a few ideas for what we can offer you. Still struggling with finding the right item? We’re here for you! Give us a call at (888) 983-8409.

    A: A state adoption means that the state board of education has approved a curriculum for use in the state’s public schools. In other words, schools and districts can use their state funds to purchase only adopted program materials. Some states do not approve curricula and others approve multiple curricula for a single subject. Regardless of the state's process, curriculum selections are made at the district, school, grade, or classroom level.

    HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS

      A: Our innovative curriculum draws from more than 40 years of classroom experience and research to provide developmentally appropriate strategies for early writing success. The method and strategies we have developed work for children who aren’t successful with other handwriting methods. The simple vertical style of print and cursive we teach is developmentally easier to learn. In addition, Handwriting Without Tears uses multisensory teaching strategies that appeal to all styles of learners and child friendly, consistent language in all grades.

      A: Our unique letter teaching order is successful because it follows a scaffolded developmental teaching sequence. We teach easy letters first, beginning with capitals, and then teach 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. The teaching order allows children to gain mastery and confidence more quickly and can focus on the content of their work rather than the mechanics of letter formation. The result is writing that is fluid, legible, and automatic.

      If our teaching order isn’t ideal for your school or district’s ELA needs, it can be customized to fit any requirement.

      A: Absolutely! By using Handwriting Without Tears techniques, your students will learn the essentials of handwriting 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, students will develop their own style after the basics are mastered.

      A: Our products and resources meet the goals of multiple standards. The majority of our products and resources correlate best with the English Language Arts standards for Common Core, despite there being few specific handwriting standards. Often, a variety of activities and products will achieve the same goal or standard, making it easy to reach children’s various learning styles.

      A: We prefer small tools because large tools promote a fisted grip, whereas small tools promote a mature grip. If you have large, chunky crayons, break them into small pieces. Put away the markers and take them out just for a few activities during the school year. Use crayons each day. If necessary, ask others at your school for old crayons. These are ideal for breaking into smaller pieces.

      A: The average classroom has 5–9 styles of paper and we want to teach students how to write on all of them. Our double lines are designed to help students master handwriting and develop an internal sense of size and letter placement that eases the transition to other styles of paper. Our Double Line Paper eliminates line confusion. Directions are plain and clear. The base line keeps the writing straight, and the midline controls the size of the letters.

      A: All of our student editions are left-hand friendly! We have designed our student editions with models for the children to copy on both sides of the page, so that left-handed students don’t cover the model they are asked to copy. This alleviates the problem of left-handed individuals having to hook their wrists to see the models, enabling them to maintain correct positioning.

      A: We teach a vertical style of cursive because it is easier to write and to read. If a child has mastered cursive formations and connections and is developing a slanted style, that’s okay! The focus should be on ensuring their writing is neat and legible.

      Get support and answers about our digital handwriting tool here!

      GET SET FOR SCHOOL

        A: Our materials list features many products that can be adapted for 3-year-old students. The My First School Book activity book is designed for students in Pre-K. There are also many parts of Get Set for School that you can implement with 3-year-olds.

         

        Here are a few suggestions:

        • Use various hands-on activities to help young children build strength and motor skills.
        • Teach grip using small or broken bits of chalk or crayon that children can grasp easily and comfortably.
        • Use the Get Set for School Sing Along CD to teach and encourage group play, cooperation, participation, movement, and imitation.
        • Introduce the children to Mat Man! They will love putting him together. Toward the end of age 3, they may be ready to draw him with you.
        • Use all the Pre-K letter play activities; just instruct teachers to avoid formal instruction of letters or using pencils to write letters/names.

        Visit our Get Set for School page for more information!

        A: We prefer small tools because large tools promote a fisted grip, whereas small tools promote a mature grip. If you have large, chunky crayons, break them into small pieces. Put away the markers and take them out just for a few activities during the school year. Use crayons each day. If necessary, ask others at your school for old crayons. These are ideal for breaking into smaller pieces.

        KEYBOARDING WITHOUT TEARS

          A: We designed Keyboarding Without Tears around the fundamental belief that teaching and learning the keyboard should be simple, effective, and fun. Our curriculum also does more than typing—students learn computer readiness, online test prep skills, and digital citizenship essentials while building powerful cross-curricular connections.

          Visit our dedicated Keyboarding Without Tears site to see our curriculum in action and learn more.

          A: We have several options:

          • ClassLink – Single-sign-on, rostering
          • Clever – Single-sign-on, rostering
          • OneRoster Bulk Import (spreadsheets) – Rostering
          • Google SSO – Single-sign-on
          • Manual – Create classes and student accounts through manual entry within our digital dashboard, +Live Insights.

          A: Yes, to switch, use our customer contact form or call (888) 983-8409 and a team member will switch the license grade level for you. Please be aware, if you switch a license to a different grade, that student will lose their progress.

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