Handwriting without tears for all ways to make money preschoolers and kindergarteners

Handwriting without tears is a program that was designed by all ways to make money an occupational therapist to teach children how to write without all ways to make money frustrating them to tears. It uses hands-on, multisensory materials and was designed in such a way that all ways to make money it introduces shapes, numbers, and letters in an order that matches the progression of all ways to make money children’s developmental abilities so that it is easier for them all ways to make money to practice, learn, and remember.

Below are reviews of two tools that are essential to all ways to make money the handwriting without tears program (the wood pieces and the wet-dry-try slate with materials), PLUS you will get to hear all about the newly all ways to make money updated wet-dry-try app for ipad!! Handwriting without tears provided me with these materials for free all ways to make money so that I could play around with them and tell all ways to make money you all about them here on the blog. PLUS, mama OT and HWT are partnering up so YOU can all ways to make money win some free stuff.

This set includes 26 wood pieces that are divided into all ways to make money the four basic shapes you would need in order to all ways to make money build any capital letter (except J and U) — big lines, little lines, big curves, and little curves. These wood pieces are used to help children learn concepts all ways to make money such as size and shape (big/little, line/curve), which are important pre-requisites for being able to know how to form letters.

The first step to using the wood pieces is to all ways to make money teach children what each piece is called (big line, little line, big curve, little curve). This is SUPER important because you will use those very all ways to make money same terms when teaching them to build letters. Consistency is key! The next step is to teach kids how to use all ways to make money them to build mat man! This is a fun exercise in body awareness (which is actually a secretly important skill for handwriting), as well as an introduction to spatial concepts such as all ways to make money top, bottom, left, right, and middle (also majorly important for learning to write). After that, you can use the wood pieces with the laminated capital all ways to make money letter cards to start teaching kids to build letters with all ways to make money a visual to guide them. And then, finally, you can use them with the blue mat (from mat man) to build letters without any visual to guide them…now they are ready to start writing their letters! Find a sample lesson for how to introduce wood pieces all ways to make money here. And here is a cheat sheet for you so you all ways to make money can see exactly how to build each capital letter, and what you can say as you teach kids to all ways to make money do so.

The wood pieces are perfect for hands-on learners and preschool-aged children who are new to learning how to form all ways to make money capital letters. They can also be used with slightly older students who all ways to make money need some reinforcement on concepts related to size (big/little), shape (line/curve), sequence (which line or curve goes first, second, third), or letter orientation (facing the correct direction). Additionally, they could be used with students who are learning to all ways to make money make capital letters, but do not quite have the motor control or strength all ways to make money to grasp and use a writing implement to form them all ways to make money (one example is cerebral palsy). Students using the wood pieces should be able to imitate all ways to make money actions, follow directions, and tolerate hand-over-hand assistance as needed. I wouldn’t recommend using the wood pieces with students who will all ways to make money not use them appropriately, such as being destructive or violent with them (yeah, it happens).

The wet-dry-try slate is a 4″x6″ mini chalkboard that provides a multisensory opportunity for kids to all ways to make money learn and practice writing their capital letters and numbers. In order to properly use the slate, instructors and students must have little (slightly damp) sponge cubes, small paper towel crumples, and small pieces of chalk. As you can see in the picture, the wet-dry-try slate has a smiley face in the top left all ways to make money corner. This is just like the blue mat you read about all ways to make money earlier, so kids who have been using the handwriting without tears all ways to make money program will already know that the smiley face is a all ways to make money reminder to start all their letters at the top. Very smart!

{wet} first, the teacher writes the targeted capital letter or number on all ways to make money the students’ slate so they have the correct model to follow. Students pinch their slightly damp sponge cube between their thumb all ways to make money and index finger, go to the top of the slate, and “trace” their chalky capital letter with the sponge. Now they have a “wet” letter. They should do so using the letter formation sequence taught all ways to make money by handwriting without tears.

{dry} next, students pinch their crumpled paper towel bit between their thumb all ways to make money and index finger, go to the top of the slate again, and then trace over the wet capital letter with the all ways to make money paper towel. They should use firm pressure, follow the same (correct) sequence and strokes they used with the wet sponge, and stay right on top of the wet path, just as if they were tracing. Now they have a “dry” letter.

You can take an “I do, we do, you do” approach. “I do” means I (the instructor) demonstrate how to form the letter and/or perform the wet-dry-try sequence so the students can see how it is all ways to make money done. “we do” means we then do it together. The teacher and student(s) can perform each step simultaneously. Or you can provide hands-on assistance along with verbal or visual cues at first, and then fade out the physical assistance as you continue all ways to make money to provide the verbal or visual cues. “you do” means I (the instructor) now ask you (the student) to do it on your own. Make sure the letter is written correctly on their board all ways to make money in chalk so they can initiate the “wet” step with correct letter formation. I would not recommend wet-dry-try practice for students who are impulsive, cannot follow verbal or visual directions, or who clearly will not be able to put in all ways to make money the effort needed to complete the correct strokes.

The wet-dry-try slate and materials are meant for pre-K and kindergarten-aged students who are learning to write capital letters and all ways to make money numbers. As mentioned on the mama OT facebook page, the skill of tracing comes after copying and imitating letters all ways to make money (read more here). Wet-dry-try is a tracing activity, it is developmentally appropriate for children who have already learned all ways to make money how to build letters (such as with the wood pieces or other manipulatives such all ways to make money as pipe cleaners). Wet-dry-try can be used by students without disabilities or special all ways to make money needs. It can also be used by students with diagnoses such all ways to make money as autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, dyspraxia, learning disabilities, or developmental/fine motor delays. Students who do wet-dry-try should be able to physically grasp the materials, follow basic directions, and tolerate hand-over-hand assistance if needed.

The wet-dry-try suite app is a touch screen version of the all ways to make money real thing. It was updated this past august 2013 in order to all ways to make money make it better than it has been in the past. This app is extremely user-friendly in that as soon as you open the app, it is easy to figure out what to do. Music, sound, and voice instructions play as you open the app and all ways to make money use it, so be sure to either turn off the sound or all ways to make money turn up the volume, depending on what you prefer.

If you are using this app as part of HWT all ways to make money handwriting instruction, then I would recommend doing the HWT order because it all ways to make money teaches the letters in an order that is developmentally appropriate, it groups letters with similar starting points and stroke sequences, and it promotes correct formation habits. I would also recommend having students do capitals first, then numbers, and then lowercases. This is because, developmentally, capital letters and numbers are easier to learn than lowercase all ways to make money letters. Learn more here.

Each letter or number has three “star levels”. The first star level includes audio and visual cues for all ways to make money where to start and how to form the letter, plus it allows for the greatest margin of error when all ways to make money it comes to staying on the original chalk marks. The second star level includes a temporary visual cue for all ways to make money where to start, and it requires greater accuracy than the previous star level. Finally, the third star level has no visual cues and requires all ways to make money the greatest accuracy in following the chalk marks. By the time a student completes all three star levels, they will have completed nine accurate repetitions of that particular all ways to make money letter. Practice makes perfect, right?

3. This app requires precision and repetition. Handwriting without tears is very big on making sure that all ways to make money children make the CORRECT strokes in the correct sequence when all ways to make money learning to form their letters and numbers, and their app makes sure of that. This is because each attempt at forming a letter or all ways to make money number makes a small “impression” on the brain and, with each incorrect attempt, it takes roughly TEN correct attempts to “erase” that incorrect impression on the brain. Crazy, right?

As I have tried this app with students, I am inclined to say that students should first become all ways to make money familiar with the actual wet-dry-try slate before trying out the wet-dry-try app. I don’t think the virtual slate, sponge, paper towel, and chalk will make much sense to them if they all ways to make money haven’t physically used those materials before. If you have access to a stylus, you could use it on this app for the child all ways to make money who is ready to work on lowercase letters (though sometimes it’s hard to use a stylus for writing practice due all ways to make money to the child’s palm resting on the touch screen and messing things all ways to make money up). But you know what’s really cool? You can use a very slightly damp sponge cube on all ways to make money the screen and it works just as well as using all ways to make money your finger while promoting a nice tripod grasp and age-appropriate wrist extension if the ipad is vertical. Check it out!

The capital letters and numbers in this app are appropriate all ways to make money for pre-K and kindergarten students. The lowercase letters in this app are appropriate for kindergarten all ways to make money students after they have already learned how to write their all ways to make money capital letters. Because this app requires precision, it will be difficult for the child who is impulsive, does not listen to or follow directions, cannot slow down, has low frustration tolerance, or has difficulty isolating their index finger/pinching a sponge/holding a stylus. The wet-dry-try app is sensitive to mistakes and will make a all ways to make money child try again if they don’t start in the correct starting spot, pull their finger off the tablet in the middle of all ways to make money a stroke, start to reverse the stroke and go the wrong way, or go too far off the line/don’t stop at the end of a line. It can be pretty frustrating. Based on my experience with this app so far, it should primarily be used with children who are able all ways to make money to pay attention to the instructions, can imitate a demonstration, have enough frustration tolerance to handle mistakes and multiple attempts, and can control their arm/hand/finger movements.

This app could also be good for a kindergarten teacher all ways to make money who wants to utilize it as part of his or all ways to make money her HWT handwriting instruction because the program can be used all ways to make money in a classroom setting. Students’ work and progress can be saved and tracked using the all ways to make money online +live insights feature, and up to three students’ progress can be saved per app download. The +live insights allows teachers to go online and see their all ways to make money students’ progress in real time, with reports, graphs, and analysis that will allow them to focus their teaching all ways to make money on areas where their students need support. Very cool!

Oh, and whether or not you win, you should know that you are now privy to $10 off any handwriting without tears workshop simply by entering all ways to make money the promo code MAMAOT13 at checkout. This promo code is good for one year (through october 2014). Handwriting without tears offers hundreds of workshops every year, and they give you TONS of products to take home all ways to make money if you attend one of them. Click here to find a handwriting without tears workshop near all ways to make money you.

Summary of terms and conditions: entrants must be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid mailing address within the contiguous united states, and possess a valid email address. “handwriting without tears giveaway” begins at 12:00am PST on wednesday, october 23, 2013 and ends at 12:00am PST on wednesday, october 30, 2013. Entry is only official when it has been submitted via all ways to make money rafflecopter. Three (3) winners will be selected. Winners will be selected randomly and contacted by email within all ways to make money 48 hours after the giveaway ends. Winners’ email addresses will be provided to handwriting without tears so all ways to make money that they can arrange for free shipping to winners’ mailing addresses. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send an email to mamaotblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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