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INSTRUCTIONAL PHILOSOPHY

Readiness & Writing is structured around a research-based sequence of letters that best support fine-motor skill development in children. Lesson begin with easy vertical and horizontal letters, then letters with curves, and finally those with diagonals.

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Prevents Common Handwriting Problem

This instructional sequence prevents the most common handwriting problems students in elementary school struggle with:

 letter memory  size
 number memory  grip
 formation  spacing

 

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WRITING INSTRUCTION

Readiness & Writing is structured around a research-based sequence of letters that best supports fine-motor skill development in children. Lessons begin with easy vertical and horizontal letters, then letters with curves, and finally those with diagonals.

This instructional sequence prevents the most common handwriting problems students in elementary school struggle with: 

  • letter memory
  • number memory
  • formation
  • size
  • grip
  • spacing

Hands-On Writing Instruction

With Readiness & Writing, students learn social-emotional and readiness skills using hands-on methods that make the experience meaningful. They develop fine motor skills, learn to hold a crayon, and use Wood Pieces to learn body parts, position words, and the vocabulary to describe capital letters and numbers.

Meet Mat Man: A Hands-on Learning Creation
 

To make the transition to readiness more seamless, children must master important readiness skills. Mat Man can help! This buildable classroom friend embodies Learning Without Tears' unique approach to hands-on learning. By building Mat Man, young learners practice crucial readiness skills, such as drawing and cognitive skills. Mat Man teaches:

  • Body awareness
  • Sequence skills
  • Drawing and prewriting
  • Socializing and sharing
  • Size recognition
  • Building
  • Placement

Teacher’s Guides 

Across our two-volume Teacher’s Guide, educators get comprehensive strategies for Pre-K instruction, including lesson plans for each unit, covering a 36-week scope of instruction. Both teacher’s guides are also available digitally in PreKITT!

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Aligned to ESSER and ESSA

Get Set for School is eligible for educational grants and funding. The program meets ESSA's Promising evidence criteria, with materials aligned to ESSER funding's allowable activities.

Professional Learning that Inspires, Empowers, and Helps You Thrive

Continue your learning journey with our expert facilitators. Learning Without Tears offers a variety of interactive professional learning opportunities that incorporate a hands-on, minds-on, approach to support Pre-K-5 success.