Handwriting Without Tears: Letters and Numbers for Me Student Workbook (K)
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When trying to learn to write brought her little boy to tears, Jan Olsen found a remedy. She shares her creative suggestions and learning tips in this excellent “how-to” book which helps you determine if your child is ready to start handwriting. If not, no problem—there are plenty of hands-on readiness activities such as using “letter manipulatives” (pattern and instructions provided).
This program includes unique ideas for helping children learn to write their letters and numbers without frustration, tips for the left-handed child, discussion on why it is important to teach capitals first and why standard handwriting paper just confuses children. The author even has remedies for the common mistakes children make, such as letter reversals, floating letters, etc.
I used this program with my son Ammon, and he basically taught himself cursive using the workbooks. One drawback is that the final cursive writing does not have the lovely slant and pretty loops. It’s very legible and easy to write, however.