Research has shown that writing by hand, versus using a keyboard, enhances students’ fine motor skills and creative thinking abilities. Elementary students have been found to write more and faster by hand and, with the adoption of new state standards, greater emphasis than ever is placed on classroom note taking.
The Handwriting Without Tears ® curriculum by No Tears Learning, Inc., makes handwriting mastery enjoyable for therapists, teachers, parents and – last but not least – students. Geared toward children in kindergarten through fifth grade, No Tears Learning also offers Get Set for School to promote academic readiness in preschoolers.
Version 1.2 of Handwriting without Tears, released Nov. 1, 2013, is available for purchase in iTunes for $6.99. Designed to be intuitive, engaging and developmentally progressive, it helps youngsters achieve handwriting success by making the process fun.
A Multisensory Approach
Utilizing basic facets of the Handwriting Without Tears® Wet-Dry-Try Suite app, students learn by practicing the correct formation and habits for writing capitals, numbers and lower-case letters. Features of Version 1.2 include:
- A proven multisensory approach to teach children to write letters and numbers without reversals.
- The option for students to practice letters in any order they choose or follow the Handwriting Without Tears® developmental teaching order.
- A personal coach who helps children via friendly audio cues to learn formation steps and correct mistakes.
Each letter has three levels of difficulty, so skills can be progressively built. If a child masters a level, they win a star. If they earn three stars, they win a letter card. When they collect a complete set of cards, they win a Grand Prize. There are two options for sensitivity, so you can adjust writing tolerance based on each student’s individual needs.
“I Wish He Had Been Started on This Earlier”
Reviews from parents have been highly positive as they witness their children benefiting from Handwriting without Tears.
One parent noted that “my second grader still has many reversals and struggles to write as he seems unsure about the direction the letters go. I purchased this two weeks ago and it is very helpful. I can see that he is gaining confidence in his writing and he is already beginning to use their method rather than his haphazard one. I wish he had been started on this earlier, because the method prevents reversals and many letters are built from the ‘magic c’ hence cutting down on how many different strokes a child has to remember to write letters. I highly recommend this app!”
Drawing from years of experience, it appears that Handwriting Without Tears® has scored another hit with its latest version of this innovative therapy app.
To learn more about tools and resources to develop your school therapy career, read our related articles on mobile applications or contact the expert team at Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services today.