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Handwriting Without Tears: Building the Foundation of Literacy

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 helps students build essential skills for emergent writing and handwriting success. Children who master handwriting are more likely to succeed in school, writing with speed and ease in all subjects. But without a strong foundation, bad habits take root. Our unparalleled curriculum nurtures writing automaticity through direct, explicit instruction along with guided and independent practice.

Effective Handwriting Instruction for Pre-K–5

    The Foundation of Literacy Success

    The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory strategies for early writing.

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

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

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    Handwriting Without Tears Components

    Handwriting Without Tears helps students build essential skills for emergent writing and handwriting success. Children who master handwriting are more likely to succeed in school, writing with speed and ease in all subjects. But without a strong foundation, bad habits take root. Our unparalleled curriculum nurtures writing automaticity through direct, explicit instruction along with guided and independent practice.

      Student Editions that work

      Our family of activity books foster handwriting success in K–5 with a clean, simple, and intuitive design.

      • Left-hand friendly
      • Distraction-free pages in black and white • Written in a child-friendly voice
      • Developmentally appropriate letter order
      • Promotes legible writing with double lines

      Student Editions

      English Samples

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      Spanish Samples

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      Easy teacher prep and lesson plans

      Available in digital and print, these guides provide teachers with comprehensive strategies for print and digital handwriting instruction to ensure student success.

      Teacher's Guides

      English Samples

      Check out samples from our English student editions

      Spanish Samples

      Check out samples from our Spanish student editions

      Interactive Digital Teaching Tool

      The digital teaching tool supports teachers online with the research-backed resources they need to ensure student success.

      Here's what you'll experience in your trial:
      • Access digital student editions and digital teacher’s guides

      • Show engaging videos, music, and animations to support instruction
      • Lesson planner tool saves time with a broad overview of each week
      • Assign and review student lessons remotely
      • Customize letter order to suit your ELA needs
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      Digital Student App

      Students stay connected with their handwriting lessons no matter where

      • Complete digital handwriting lessons online
      • Access Letter and Number Formations, Wood Pieces, and Wet-Dry-Try
      • Message teachers through the app
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      Instructional Purpose

      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.

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


      Handwriting Without Tears® Delivers Success

      Handwriting builds a solid foundation for school success. Research shows that handwriting is a foundational skill that can influence student’s reading, writing, language use, and critical thinking. It has an important role in brain development, is necessary alongside technology in the classroom, and promotes success in other academic subjects.

      Handwriting Without Tears works, and is a proven success in preparing children for the demands of school. We analyzed test scores from the Screener of Handwriting Proficiency for more than 14,000 students using Handwriting Without Tears over three years. These results demonstrate the success of the curriculum.

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      Hands-On Tools

      Engage multiple modalities and bring learning to life. Our time-tested, hands-on manipulatives are proven to stimulate and strengthen visual, tactile, kinesthetic, and auditory learning styles while improving lesson understanding and comprehension.

      Magnetic Lowercase & Blackboard Set

      Engage children with fun, hands-on literacy and pre-writing activities with the Magnetic Lowercase & Blackboard Set. Use it to help children learn letter size and placement, while boosting alphabet knowledge and phonemic awareness.

      Build Mat Man® Kit

      Our Build Mat Man Kit includes all the materials you need to introduce Mat Man to your students and become fans of this hero! Kit includes: Wood Pieces Sets for Capital Letters, Mat for Wood Pieces, Get Set for School: Sing Along CD, Mat Man Book Set with Mat Man poster, and Mat Man Hands.

      Mat Man® Book Set

      Bring all Mat Man's adventures to your classroom or resource library. This four-book set comes with a Mat Man poster to help you teach children how to bring Mat Man to life.

      Stamp and See Screen®

      The Stamp and See Screen uses magnetic stamps and chalk to teach children to build their capitals, step by step. Tracing the letter with magnetic chalk provides children with a first taste of writing the letter with strokes.

      Wood Pieces Set for Capital Letters

      These wood shapes are designed to aid in teaching the foundations of pre-writing. Children learn capital formations as they imitate the teacher piece by piece. Use the set for teaching size, shape, position words, and concepts, too.

      Mat for Wood Pieces

      Children look to the familiar smiley face in the corner of the blue fabric mat when they start forming letters, reinforcing good habits. This mat helps children organize their letter and number shapes, and aids in top-to-bottom and left-to-right orientation.

      Capital Letter Cards for Wood Pieces - Laminated

      These Letter Cards show a capital made with Wood Pieces, teaching children the names of the Wood Pieces and how to place them in the correct sequence.

      Slate Chalkboard

      The 4" x 6" Slate Chalkboard helps children learn to write capitals and numbers without being slowed down by reversals. Combine this activity with Little Chalk Bits to foster finger dexterity and good pencil grip.

      My First School Book Set

      Children master pre-writing skills with My First School Book and then learn lowercase letters with My First Lowercase Book.

      Word Time™

      Boost children's vocabulary and language skills with an exciting activity book featuring multisensory lessons that are aligned to the Oral Language lessons from the Get Set for School Pre-K Teacher's Guide Set.

      My Book Activity Book

      Children personalize their own storybook with drawing and storytelling.

      I Know My Numbers Activity Booklet

      Children develop number recognition and formation skills with simple finger plays, songs, and rhymes.

      FLIP Crayons®

      The best tol for Pre-K children is the crayon, which creates a natural resistance and builds strength in the hand. Our Flip Crayons are ideal for little hands, designed with dual colors and dual tips to encourage fine motor skill development.

      Pre-K Color Wall Cards

      These colorful letter and number cards can be used in a variety of classroom locations and activities—above the chalkboard, on bulletin boards, or in circle time as a letter or number of the week activity.

      Pre-K Name Plates

      These versatile plates can be used on tables, lockers, or cubbies. They are great visual aids for teaching children how to write their names in capitals and title case.

      Magic C Bunny Puppet

      This lovable, engaging puppet helps young learners discover a fundamental element of many letters: the Magic C! This bunny will help you teach the C stroke to begin capitals C, O, G, and Q and to begin lowercase a, d, g, o, and q.

      Line It Up™

      Line It Up Coloring and Letter Cards engage children in fun, hands-on activities that develop early literacy and motor skills. The familiar black and white pictures invite personalization and creativity while the gray traceable letters support proper letter formation.

      Sound Around Box™

      This four-sided multipurpose box is a versatile way to teach letters, rhymes, syllables, alphabet knowledge, oral language, and much more.

      A-B-C Touch & Flip® Cards
      This app is designed to promote number recognition and develop basic math skills in early learners. Children identify, match, count, say, trace, and write numbers 1-20 with interactive games and familiar activities from the Get Set for School curriculum.
      1-2-3 Touch & Flip® Cards

      These cards encourage children to name numbers, count with one-to-one correspondence, and form numbers. Use these cards in conjunction with other products to reinforce counting with physical objects.

      4 Squares More Squares®

      These chunky rubber squares bring geometry to life in the Pre-K classroom and are fun for children to handle. Children are engaged to slide, turn, flip, arrange, and rearrange these intriguing shapes, stretching their spatial awareness.

      Tag Bags®

      These bags encourage children to open, close, count, soft, measure, and build. Tag Bags are versatile and easy to use, making them ideal for both child- and teacher-led activities.

      Mix & Make Shapes™

      Geometry is fun and accessible with Mix & Make Shapes. With multisensory activities, Pre-K children practice problem-solving and spatial reasoning as they explore these multicolored shapes.

      Little Chalk Bits

      These soft chalk pieces are an essential companion to Wet-Dry-Try, making writing easy for little hands.

      Little Sponge Cubes

      These sponges are an essential companion to Wet-Dry-Try, and they're just the right size for small hands.

      Roll–A–Dough Letters®

      Children build strength in their hands and fingers by shaping balls of dough while learning to recognize and build capital letters and numbers. The included blue tray is uniquely designed with the familiar Smiley Face to guide children to start at the top when forming letters and numbers.

      Writing Practice Builds Literacy

      With a developmental approach to writing, an intuitive design, and everything for supplemental writing practice all in one activity book, Building Writers is an easy-to-use activity book for increasing literacy skills. Students become better, more fluent writers as they write about cross-curricular topics and practice three writing styles: narrative, information, and opinion.

      Building Writers is the WRITE tool for building the skills students need to become strong, independent writers.
      • Develops essential writing skills with cross-curricular topics.

      • Reduces prep time with ready-to-teach lessons

      • Designed to supplement any writing block and support overall writing instruction.

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      Professional Learning that Inpsires, 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.