Get Set for School (Handwriting Without Tears Pre-K)
Starting with the premise that preschoolers learn through movement and participation, this teacher guide walks you through tailored instruction and hands-on activities to get your kiddos ready for kindergarten. The focus is on 3 core learning areas: readiness & writing, language & literacy, and numbers & math, so you have 3 teacher guides altogether. If you are completely new to teaching this age group, the teacher guides are chock full of great information explaining why these methods are effective with early learners. The lessons are very clearly explained and easy to look at. You have an objective in plain language, activities, a check for understanding, materials to get ready and vocabulary words. I liked how there are also tips for working with ELL students and a more to learn extension idea for every lesson. The Teacher Guide, Get Set for School, is transitioning from the 6th to 7th edition. You will find the content to be nearly the same, although the 7th edition offers less teaching support for using Kick Start Kindergarten (which now offers a fully developed Teachers Guide-see item # 065609.)
I Know My Numbers is a set of 10 small horizontal booklets (14 pgs ea), each centered on a number 1-10 that a student methodically works through as they practice writing and understanding these numbers. They are full of charming black and white illustrations and clear instruction. Little Chalk Bits is a good sized box (about 6.5"x 4"x 2) full of 1 pieces of thin (1cm) white chalk. This will go a long way! Little Sponge Cubes is a set of 100 (50 yellow/50 blue) small cubes (1cm) of kitchen sponge. Just right for tiny fingers to erase with!
The Get Set for School program is the high quality program you would expect from Handwriting Without Tears. This program was designed specifically for the preschool years, and uses the fun methods you would expect for that age. This program employs a unique, multisensory approach which prepares children to write. Children will play, build, sing, color and learn while developing important skills. If you are new to teaching this age group, the teacher guide is chock full of great information explaining why these methods are effective with early learners. The lessons are very clearly explained and easy to look at. You have an objective in plain language, activities, a check for understanding, materials to get ready and vocabulary words. There are also tips for working with ELL students and a "more to learn" extension idea for every lesson. Readiness & Writing Pre-K Teacher's Guide provides everything you need to understand the program and developmental stages to effectively teach the lessons. Topically, children learn the alphabet, letter and number recognition and formation, counting, shapes, colors and drawing. The writing focus is on uppercase letters, while lowercase letters are taught in the follow up Kick Start Kindergarten for advanced Pre-K children or the Kindergarten program, Letters and Numbers for Me. Complete explanations are given on how to use the suggested manipulatives. Lessons are easy to use and there is a suggested 36 week schedule found in the back of the book. The My First School Book workbook correlates with the Readiness & Writing Pre-K Teachers Guide. Crayon skills are developed while using special pages for scribbling and coloring. Strokes are practiced on "Mat Man" before ever making a letter. Capital letters and numbers are then practiced using a crayon. There are also extra activity pages which check readiness skills. This is a wonderful introduction to the world of handwriting for the preschool child.We offer several packages with both the most essential and also with recommended items for the program to fit your budget.