more Handwriting W/O Tears info needed.

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  1. maggie123

    maggie123 Rookie

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    I don't want to spend more than I need to.
    Are the flip crayons valuable to have, or can I do w/o them?

    Are groups of 6 students doable, or do you recommend smaller groups? I should have 1 of everything for each child in the group?

    Do you have all the groups working at once, and just rotate them through the various activities, or do you do one activity a day? Does the TE give recommendations for this? What do you find works best?

    Thank you for your assistance.
     
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  3. tracykaliski

    tracykaliski Connoisseur

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    WE have the flip crayons at school and while they're nice, they're not necessary. I would think smaller pieces of regular crayola crayons would do the same thing. Of course, that's just my opinion.

    In working with K's, we have groups of 6 and it works well. I keep it no longer than 15 minutes at a time for our K's and again it works fine.
     
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    I think groups of 6 are very workable. I really like the flip crayons but you could just break all your crayons in half.

    I followed the pacing guide at the book of the manual fairly closely. When building the letters I did that that in split groups (My aid took half the class-8 and did roll a dough letters, and I kept the other half and did the wood pieces.) We did the work books the same way (1/2 the kiddos did work books half did the the magnet letters). We only had 4 days so this worked well for us. I did many of the songs and games in whole group. If there was a game I wanted to review the kids would do that instead of the magnet letters.
     
  5. TerriInCa

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    The flip crayons are just an extra way for them to make money. They are really neat looking and fun, but so not necessary.

    groups of 6 are fine.

    The TE gives a possible pacing guide but you don't have to do it in that order if you have to follow another curriculum for letter introduction.
     
  6. mrs_sarahscott

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    I love this board. I saw this thread a couple of days ago and thought it was interesting. Then, on the way into my classroom this morning, I nearly tripped over a box by the school's office addressed to the new kindergarten teacher. The sender? Handwriting Without Tears. I've scheduled a meeting with the teacher (she just moved to San Diego and has taught K and 1st elsewhere) to tell me all about it and show me the materials.

    Thank you, maggie123, for the heads up.

    :) Sarah
     

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