These are the crayons made and used by the Handwriting Without Tears program. The crayons are small (measure 2.4" long) and are half one color and half another (one end green, the other red, etc). There are five crayons in all: red/green, blue/orange, pink/brown, black/grey, and blue/yellow. Rachel
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.
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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