Handwriting without Tears

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  1. kab164

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    Hi. I was curious if any of your schools use this for teaching hand writing? Our school uses d'nelean (sp?) and has for years. I was at a meeting today and a teacher in a local school has recently had experience with Handwriting without Tears and loves it. Also, cost wise is this about the same as other programs? I want to give my principal more information. It seems like it would work well for children with learning difficulties (which is what I teach). Thanks!
     
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  3. Sheila

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    I use it and love it! It has given my OT kids confidence in handwriting. Many different sensory ways to teach the letters.
     
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    As a school, we too use d'nealian, but all of the specialists (OT, SPED, support, etc) use Handwriting without Tears. It made an incredible difference with my kids- I have actually taken the little I know of it and used it whole class, but it really does make a big difference. I had many come into k not knowing how to write and no matter how much d'nealian practice we did- nothing, but with HWT one child in particular can now almost write her entire name.
     
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    I used HWT when I taught special education as well. The most expensive part is to get the training, which is a necessity if you are going to use the program the right way. After that, I don't really remember their being a large expense (we even started making copies of the paper instead of buying it).

    http://www.hwtears.com/
    This website will have more information about specifics for you!
     
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    On the website it says it cost about $7 per kid for the workbook-teacher books are free with new purchase.

    It also has a curriculum overview for each grade level.
     
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    I've never heard of HWT. It sounds like an incredible program. Thanks for the info.
     
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    We use HWT at our school. The kids actually ASK for more practice. If I remember correctly, it was developed by an occupational therapist. There is a lot of research for it. I believe it's on the website.
     
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    Thank you everyone. I passed on your info. to my principal and special ed teacher. I definitely think it sounds worthwhile. Of course I am coming from the viewpoint of someone who has only worked with children who struggle. But if it helps them and everyone seems to like it, I think it's worth a try!
     
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    The O/T and SPED teachers in my school use it for students with special needs. I am seeing HUGE results this year.
     
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    HWT is very good.

    They used it on me a bit when I recently did OT. It helped a bit.
     
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    I used it last year in Kindergarten. My only complaint was the paper, with the paper they use, the tall letters don't have a place to be- the center and bottom lines are the only ones on the page, and when we learned the taller letters, the kids were very confused, they needed me to dot out line so they could see a 'top' I had maybe 7, out of 23, that really 'got' the starting dot concept.

    that said, the workbooks are wonderful! The little wooden pieces and cards really brought the concept home to the kids, I did like it, but I had to be realistic with their abilities to write with no clearly defined starting spot.
     

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