Choosing the Right Products

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.

Pre-K

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.

Kindergarten

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

Materials.
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.

2nd Grade

  • Your child needs practice with lowercase letter formation, placement on lines, or spacing.
  • Your child needs a quick review of capitals and numbers.
  • Your child is writing sentences and paragraphs.
  • Third Grade

  • Your child is in the third grade or functioning on that level.
  • Your child is ready for cursive writing.
  • Your child has never been introduced to cursive writing but is at the right age/capability level.
  • Your child is older, but fighting with cursive handwriting.
  • Fourth Grade

  • Your child is in the fourth grade or functioning at this level.
  • Your child needs to review the formation of lowercase cursive letters.
  • Your child needs to work on the connections of cursive letters.
  • Your child needs to develop fluency in cursive writing.
  • Fifth Grade

    Materials. Can-do Cursive student workbook or Can-do Print student workbook. Narrow Rule Dual Line Paper (100 sheet pack)

  • Your child is in the fifth grade or functioning at this level.
  • Your older child hasn’t mastered printing or cursive writing (choose print or cursive).
  • Your child needs to develop fluency in cursive writing (Can-Do Cursive ).
  • 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.

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