Handwriting Without Tears® products are designed to meet the developmental needs of all children, so we don’t label workbooks by grade level. While the workbooks are designed for children in Pre-K through fifth grade, an older child may need a workbook that is designed for a junior child. It is best to choose the products that meet your child’s needs, regardless of grade level or age. These are some general criteria to help you choose the right materials or view some of our product movies to see many of our products in activity.
When to Choose
Your child is at the Pre-K age (three- to five-years-old) or functioning at that level.
Your child needs to develop the fine motor abilities for holding a crayon or pencil.
Your child is still learning prepositions and directionality terms.
Your child can pay attention to your words and visual demonstrations, and go after elementary directions.
Your child does not yet know or write letters or numbers.
Materials. Wood Lumps Set for Capital Letters. Capital Letter Cards for Wood Chunks. Mat for Wood Chunks. Slate Chalkboard. Blackboard with Dual Lines. Kindergarten Teacher’s Guide . Letters and Numbers for Me . Big Sheet Draw and Write Paper. Draw and Write Notebook. Broad Dual Line Notebook Paper
- Your child is at the kindergarten age (five-years-old) or functioning at that level.
- Your child can hold a pencil and recognize most of their letters.
- Your child understands prepositions and directionality terms.
- Your child can pay attention to your words, visual demonstrations, and go after elementary directions.
Very first Grade
Slate Chalkboard. Blackboard with Dual Lines. 1st Grade Printing Teacher’s Guide . My Printing Book . Big Sheet Draw and Write Paper. Draw and Write Notebook. Broad Dual Line Notebook Paper
Your child is in the very first grade or functioning at that level.
Your child is learning to print lowercase letters and could use a quick capital and number review.
Your child is writing words and plain sentences.
Your child is learning to place letters correctly on lines.
Your child can copy from a visual demonstration/model.
Materials. Can-do Cursive student workbook or Can-do Print student workbook. Narrow Rule Dual Line Paper (100 sheet pack)
Student Is Not Writing at Grade Level
Your student may need extra help with handwriting. Review the criteria listed above, determine which materials would be adequate for your child, and begin at that level. The teacher’s guides will help you address letter formation, spacing, cursive connections, sentence writing, placement of letters on dual lines, and more.
You may need to meet with your child’s teacher to determine the adequate amount of written work from your child. When a child is learning a fresh skill, it may be necessary to decrease the amount of written work until your child masters handwriting. If overburdened with writing while having bad handwriting habits, your child will become very frustrated. Permit mastery of handwriting abilities before expecting quantity in the work. The teachers’ guides can guide you with troubleshooting.
Products for a Child with a Learning Disability
Our materials are designed to instruct handwriting in a developmental sequence. Training strategies encourage mastery of certain handwriting abilities before progression to the next lesson. This strategy is adequate for all children, including those children with special needs.
Review the criteria lists above and determine which materials would be most suitable for your child. Based on developmental capability, an older child may use a workbook designed for junior children.