My First School Book

My First School Book

# 007432

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Item #: 007432
ISBN: 9781934825532
Grades: PK

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Children learn joyfully with the multisensory readiness activities in My First School Book. Children of different abilities develop and practice crucial readiness and pre-writing skills.

  • Child-friendly language makes letter and number formation easy
  • Unique gray crayon stroke disappears when children trace over it
  • Social-emotional activities for school readiness
  • Color, number, and shape lessons develop crayon and pencil grip

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 (14pp 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 6.5x4x2) 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! ~ Sara

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. I liked how 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 developemental stages to effecttively 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. There is so much more information included in the Teacher's Guide that I can't list it all. 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.

These materials are graded specifically and include both instruction and practice.

Category Description for Handwriting Without Tears:

Providing a tactile, hands-on approach to handwriting, this approach works well for many types of students.

It is particularly helpful for children who are left-handed children or those who need a more interactive approach to learning. Children who struggle with motor skills or experience cognitive difficulties will also reap great benefits from this program. Unique to this program, practice pages use a two-horizontal-line format rather than the three-horizontal-line format typically found in writing programs, cursive has no slant and letters are formed using a very simple single-stroke, and it uses a multisensory approach to teach. Teaching and practice sessions are short (10-15 minutes), without a lot of meaningless busy work.

Each level of Handwriting without Tears consists of a workbook and teacher guide.

Consumable Student workbooks have horizontal pages in Kindergarten through Grade 2. Grade 3 and up offers vertical pages. Workbooks may be used separately, although at the early levels parents of struggling writers may find the Teacher Guides extremely valuable.

Newly revised in 2018, the Teacher Guides provide additional teaching instruction and support, while the Student Books provide more writing practice for each lesson. While some of the content is the same from the 2013 version, the expanded content means the two editions are not compatible without considerable parental/teacher modification (depending on lesson and level). Please note, the Spanish Student Books are also now updated to 2018 editions. There are currently no Spanish Teacher Guides available. English Teacher Guides provide the overall teaching philosophy, techniques and applicable multi-sensory activities, but do not provide the daily lesson plans.

Teacher Guides include:

  • an overview of the program
  • handwriting instruction
  • the stages of learning and scope and sequence
  • teaching guidelines
  • weekly and daily schedules for each unit
  • instructions on proper posture
  • paper and pencil skills

Following these helpful "how to" sections are lessons corresponding to each page in the student book. Each lesson includes a reduced student page, lesson objective and introduction, lesson plans and enrichment, ELL (English Language Learner) support and Cross Curricular suggestions. The back of each teacher guide includes multisensory activities suggestions, remediation tips, additional strategies for English Language Learners and Children with Special Needs, handwriting standards, references and index. Inside the back cover is a letter formation template for that grade level.

Please note, many of the online interactive resources require an additional purchase and appear to be limited to schools. There is a 30-day trial of the publishers HITT (Handwriting Interactive Teaching Tools) with purchase of the Teacher Guide. While this online support may be helpful, it is certainly not necessary to use this excellent program effectively. Suggested manipulatives are listed with the recommended grade level and the grade level Teacher Guide effectively explains the manipulatives. sc. ~ Deanne

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Handwriting Without Tears
0.6 (lbs.)
8.5" x 11.0" x 0.5"
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writing pre k
staci r on Aug 20, 2019
used before
Javanna W on Aug 3, 2019
writing pre k
staci r on Aug 20, 2019
Required for my son's class
Kate C on Aug 5, 2019
used before
Javanna W on Aug 3, 2019
These are a great gentle start to handwriting. I use these for homeschooling my preschoolers.
Audrey W on Jul 24, 2019
On Co-op curriculum list!
Suzanne F on Jul 8, 2019
Part of the Sonlight curriculum for Pre-K
Danielle F on Jun 14, 2019
Preschooler wanted one just like older sisters who loved these
Angela W on Apr 22, 2019
It seems appropriate for my son's age.
HUNG D on Apr 12, 2019
For my soon to be homeschooled three year old.
Armida P on Mar 7, 2019
used for my older son!
megan r on Feb 17, 2019
Handwriting without tears is a favorite of ours b.c it's easy to use, and does a great job of teaching writing in short lessons.
User on Feb 1, 2019
Trying this out as a supplement to a pre-K education.
Heather A on Jan 25, 2019
Easy to use and has greatly helped my older child's penmanship.
Gina P on Dec 28, 2018
This looked like an easy, fun book for my pre-schooler while my kindergartener works on his school work.
Cassie B on Nov 1, 2018
This is the perfect first writing book for littles!
Sara H on Oct 9, 2018
Our 4.5 year old wants to be included in our homeschool lessons and this book looks like it will be fun for him without too much pressure and at a good price.
Heather L on Sep 27, 2018
This is an outstanding start to an outstanding handwriting series.
Jason W on Sep 25, 2018
HWT is a good base curriculum for teaching handwriting.
Sarah C on Sep 20, 2018
This is THE best book to begin preschoolers in handwriting. So much fun and sets the stage for the rest of their handwriting days.
Ariel S on Aug 14, 2018
It looks like a great transition from little/no writing to writing letters for my four-year-old.
Katie S on Aug 12, 2018
For Pre-school.
Victoria P on Aug 10, 2018
recommended by homeschooler Jady A on utube - so want to try it with my 4 year grandson starting kindergarten next year
Wanda L on Aug 4, 2018
super sweet start to writing. :)
Jason D on Aug 3, 2018
I'm looking forward to using this book with my pre-K child who will now get to do school alongside her older siblings.
User on Jul 31, 2018
Best handwriting workbook!!
Meagan F on Jul 17, 2018
This will be our 4-yr-old's handwriting text for his pre-K year
Rebekah M on Jun 27, 2018
Practice for my preschooler!
Elizabeth T on Jun 23, 2018
Love it! It works. This will be my 4th child to use this program. I have never bought more than the book and occasionally a teacher's manual. I have been so pleased and have done through cursive with my 4th grader.
Katie H on Jun 4, 2018
Great in conjunction with the teacher's manual to explore handwriting and concepts to help child learn appropriate way to hold, approach pencil and paper, and letter technique with fun pages.
Megan G on May 16, 2018
I've used other levels and my kids have done very well!
Stephanie A on Apr 21, 2018
Based on reviews and online research
Kayla W on Mar 4, 2018
positive reviews
Dawn H on Feb 18, 2018
This a nice introduction into learning about writing letters. I don't use a teacher's manual. I use this with my four year old.
Lindsey C on Feb 16, 2018
I used this writing book with preschoolers and they loved it!
Karen C on Feb 15, 2018
help my son write
Grace C on Feb 2, 2018
Hoping to help my son who struggles to write and color, learn to write easier.
Cynthia D on Jan 30, 2018
Used it with my older children
Paula C on Jan 7, 2018
My daughter loves these books and is able to do school with her older siblings.
Steven L Staff on Dec 1, 2017
Have used this before as preschool work for small siblings who want to do school.
Sherri E on Oct 6, 2017
My son needs practice<br /> and a lot of resource centers use this book so I though it must be good.
Jenna K on Sep 27, 2017
To keep my preschooler occupied while schooling older kids
JEREMIAH B on Sep 25, 2017
Ive used Handwriting without tears before with my other students and loved it!
Evelyn G on Sep 18, 2017
I chose this because I used it with my daughter and it worked well. Now I am buying it again to use with my son.
Angela G on Sep 2, 2017
Used with my older children and enjoyed it
Cynthia D on Aug 30, 2017
It's a fun little book for my 4 year old to start tracing and feeling like his is part of the homeschool day with his older siblings. :)
Courtnie C on Aug 28, 2017
My friend who has her degree in curriculum suggested this site as the best site for buying curriculum. I ordered a variety of products last time and they carried everything I was looking for at reasonable prices, so I came back again this school year.
Lacey S on Aug 21, 2017
For my 3.5 year old to work through while his siblings are homeschooling. Teach letters and numbers in a fun and exciting way.
Amanda D on Aug 21, 2017
Love the HWT program! This will be a fun pre-school workbook my littlest learner can have out at school time...simple enough that an older sibling can help point and explain the directions.
Christa D on Aug 17, 2017
a fun way to start writing and forming letters
Cheryl J on Aug 16, 2017
We have a Preschooler who will enjoy having her own books to use!
Christiana C on Aug 9, 2017
Required for my son's class
Kate C on Aug 5, 2019
These are a great gentle start to handwriting. I use these for homeschooling my preschoolers.
Audrey W on Jul 24, 2019
Will this book cover capital and lower case letters?
A shopper on Sep 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not lower case. The orange one covers both, upper and lower.
What age is this appropriate for?
Cindi C on Jun 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I started it with my youngest when she was 4.
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A good and reliable book for childrens' academic development
October 11, 2018
1 year ago
Great for very beginning writers
This book appears to be geared toward a very beginner writer. My 4 year old finds this a little to simple. However, a year ago this would have been perfect for her! Still enjoy it even though it's not much of a challenge
November 27, 2017
over 2 years ago
I was so excited when this book arrived a couple of months ago for my PreK student (she's turning five this week)However Perhaps because she's old for her grade (a February baby) this book seems far too basic to have started midway through this year She likes the pictures she likes the simplicity of the page layout but she has been forming letters for a while now and this book does not add much or build on her prior experience with writing the ABCsMy daughter doesn't complain about having to do these pages but neither does it seem like she's actually learning anything - so why waste her time?As an aside the letter shapes in all the Handwriting Without Tears books are definitely "weird" very simplified certain letters like the C and the 2 look very little like the way most people write themNevertheless I like the style of these books the clean layout and the fact that there isn't too much repetition so I am ordering the next level up Hopefully that will offer some challenge along with lowercase letters
February 25, 2010
My four year old is working through this workbook I do not have the teachers manual because the teaching schedule can be downloaded for free on the HWT website We are using the cd wood letters blue mat chalkboard and crayons You could get away with less but my son is a reluctant writer He doesn't normally even like to color but he will when we listen to the cd I would recommend this program
February 2, 2010
My 3 year-old 4 year-old and I have been working through this workbook together They get so excited to color the simple animals especially when they get to make their legs I have been surprised at how easy it is for them to make a new letter or shape after each lesson We learn laugh and make up stories about our pictures I have found that it works best when I sit down to color with them letting them be creative and also showing them new ideas by simply doing something on my page that they then try to imitate The book really emphasizes top-down and left-right techniques in a way that my kids don't even notice what they are learning! There is a nice balance of teaching the kids to follow directions and letting their own creativity flow I would recommend the CD that goes with it as well Coloring is so much fun as we sing along to "The aunt the bug and the bee" or "Where do you start your letters? At the top!" I do not have the teacher's manual but I did look over my friends' copy and I think it is helpful to have an idea of how the manufacturer meant for the lessons to be taught My older child used to hesitate to draw anything for himself but now he feels comfortable drawing houses bugs with legs people and writing his own name!
June 30, 2009

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