Monday, February 18, 2013

Handwriting without Tears-Review

Handwriting without Tears Logo

Often times I’ve struggled with getting my son to write. Of course we had both good and bad days when it came to writing with my son. He’s is seven years old and loves to read, but to get him to write about what he read or just to get him to write period it was a struggle.

So, when I had the opportunity to review Handwriting withoutTears, I thought why not I’m desperate at this point. We received the Handwriting without Tears Teachers Guide, Handwriting without Tears Printing Power, and Handwriting without Tears Kick Start Cursive. Honestly, it really changed our bad days into great days because I no longer have to fight with him to write. He’s now able to write in cursive and enjoys practicing his writing now. This has been only a few weeks, but Handwriting without Tears really has helped my son overcome the challenges of writing to enjoying writing.

My son practices his writing daily using Handwriting without Tears for about 20-30 minutes. He use to take longer. He's excited to work in his cursive and print book. I started him off with one, but he actually asked to do both each day. Really, from a boy who really disliked writing is now asking to write. That's amazing! So, for my to say I like this product would be an understatement. I love Handwriting without Tears!!!

I referenced to my Second Grade Teaching Guide to locate the lesson plan for the day. There's usually 3-4 activities to learn each day. Then we did the three additional sections on the bottom More to Learn, Support/ELL, and Connections. The Connections portion is one of my favorite because I found really great writing prompts. For example, writing a persuasive letter to bring back summer vacation. I opened this writing prompt with my other children and I got some really good letters. 

I really enjoyed the Handwriting without Tears Teachers Guide because it helped me use the proper language to help my son. For instance "dive down, swim up and over." This may make sense to some people, but for those that don't have a teaching degree, it doesn't make sense, and that's me. So, the Handwriting without Tears Teachers Guide is very helpful when it comes to writing. It never crossed my mind to approach writing like this with those catch phrases.

HWOT 2nd grade Teacher's Guide

My son liked to start with his Handwriting without Tears Kick Start Cursive workbook. This didn't surprise me because he use to play around with his letters. For instance, he would connect his letters with his version of cursive writing or turning letters into a drawing. In the picture below has a little of that, but it has toned down dramatically since starting him on the Handwriting without Tears.

Both Handwriting without Tears Power Printing and Kick Start workbooks provided a step by step guide at the top of the page. This helped my son because of the ADHD. After we went over the lesson, he would lose focus and the reminder on the top helped him regain his focus.   

HWOT 2nd grade Workbook

I definitely give Handwriting without Tears a two thumbs up. I think it's a must have for any child in second grade. Especially, if you have a child struggling in writing. The price even speaks for itself as well because for $20 you can't go wrong, your child will be writing without tears and your budget will be without tears too. 

Handwriting without Tears Teachers Guide is $9.25 and I recommend getting this for three reasons. One, the lesson plans are very helpful for both you and your child. Secondly, gain access to online resources to help your child be a successful. Third, the weekly teaching guide is really great because it's already laid out for you for the whole week and all you have to do is follow along. 

Handwriting without Tears Printing Power is $8.25 separately. This would be if your child isn't ready to write cursive. If your child is ready for cursive, then you may get both the Handwriting without Tears Printing Power & Handwriting without Tears Kick Start Cursive for $10.25.

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 the FTC Regulations.

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