Direct Instruction Builds Handwriting Automaticity

Good handwriting skills develop from good handwriting instruction. Handwriting Without Tears provides students with the explicit, direct instruction and purposeful practice they need to master handwriting and automaticity.

"Automatic letter writing is the single best predictor of length and quality of written composition in younger students." (Dinehart, 2013)

Handwriting Without Tears guides students to success with:

  • Developmentally appropriate sequence of instruction
  • Consistent guided practice to develop automaticity and fluency
  • Multisensory components engage visual, audio, kinesthetic learners
  • Hands-on manipulative for developing fine motor and phonics skills
  • Simple, student-friendly, step-by-step language for letter formations



How does Direct Instruction Work?

Handwriting Without Tears' developmentally appropriate instruction is based on research for how children learn best.


Watch and Imitate


Guided Practice


Independent Practice


Support Your Handwriting Instruction


Student Editions

Each member of our family student activity books is filled with lessons and activities designed to reinforce good handwriting habits and build mastery of print, lowercase, and cursive letter forms.

Digital Tools for Direct Instruction

Using the Interactive Digital Teaching Tool, teachers can show animations, music, and videos that support their direct handwriting instruction, including interactive letter formation charts.

Manipulatives for Direct Instruction

A variety of custom, hands-on manipulatives are available to help students practice and visualize letter forms while reinforcing proper grip placement, and other fundamentals that lead to successful handwriting.

Teacher's Guides

In each detailed guide, teachers get comprehensive strategies for print and digital handwriting instruction, including lesson plans for each unit, covering 36 weeks of instruction. 

See the Handwriting Without Tears Process

Aligned to ESSER and ESSA

Students who received instruction using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum demonstrated significantly higher performance on specific elements of written literacy as compared to those students who did not receive Handwriting Without Tears curriculum instruction. These findings support the use of specific handwriting instruction for promoting student achievement with written production and written literacy.

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.