Handwriting Without Tears offers a full range of handwriting curriculum that creates handwriting success. Their program includes apps that can be used on popular tablets and a hands-on learning materials from Pre-K through Fifth grade. They have recently created new editions for Kindergarten through Fourth grade.
I was given the opportunity to review the new edition for third grade. This if the first full book for cursive writing. It is designed for third grade or for students who are beginning to learn cursive. The student book is printed in black and white and is designed to be used easily but both left and right-handed students.
The teacher’s guide is full of useful information on helping to prepare your student for handwriting. It gives details on the placement of hands, paper, and posture to promote success in handwriting. There are lots of helpful teaching tips and details included for teaching each page of the student workbook.
I used this product with my daughter who is fifth grade but has only had informal cursive instruction up to this point mainly in the form of copy work that was modeled in cursive. Since she had not had any previous formal instruction in cursive I felt this was the best place to start. She is left-handed as are two of her older brothers. I had used a previous version of Handwriting Without Tears several years ago with her brother but had neglected to take a look at it again when Hannah reached school age. One of the “problems” we have encounter with Hannah’s handwriting was the fact that even when her letters looked correct she had fallen into the habit of forming them “backwards”. While we have only be using HWT Third Grade for a few weeks I already see an improvement in her handwriting. I still have to watch her for backward letter formation but using the techniques and verbal clues provided in both the student and teacher editions I have found it very easy to redirect her and help her to over come repeating the same mistakes. I don’t think handwriting will every be her favorite subject, but she hasn’t complained about taking the time to do her handwriting each day with is very different from our previous experience with copy work assignments. Hannah has a lot of bad handwriting habits to overcome so we have been working slowly and only completing one page per day despite the fact that she is a bit older.
I found that the new edition of Handwriting Without Tears makes the program even easier to use and I feel even more confident as a parent in giving the proper instructions to help my daughter in the correct formation of her letters. The verbal and picture clues are very help in reminding her of how her letters should be formed and it makes it easy for me to redirect her without her feeling like I’m picking at her. Because each lesson is short it doesn’t seem overwhelming for either of us and makes it stress free to incorporate handwriting instruction daily.
The Third Grade program includes both a student workbook and a teacher’s edition. The student workbook retails for $8.25. The teacher’s guide sells for $9.25. These prices make the program easy to fit into the budget. The Third Grade program is of course sold for the typical third grader but can be used for any student who is working at this level in their handwriting. As I found for our own family it has work very well for my fifth grade daughter.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.