We received the 2nd Grade Printing Teacher's Guide, the Printing Power workbook, and the Kick Start Cursive. They are priced at very affordable prices. The 2nd Grade Printing Teacher's Guide is just $9.25 and the Printing Power workbook is only $8.25. You also have the option of choosing the Printing Power Plus pack which includes the Kick Start Cursive workbook in addition to the Printing Power workbook for $10.25 - for both. I was pretty amazed at how great of a deal they are!
"The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning."
|Josiah working on Capitals|
We skipped a lot of the activities. Josiah has not been interested in doing them. We did watch some of the video lessons that include music and the teacher/class dancing to the songs. The first week, we spent about two days looking over the activities and discussing letter positions, good posture, paper placement, and pencil grip. Then we moved on to the workbook lessons. Josiah enjoys the silly illustrations, along with Frog Jump Capitals and Magic C Bunny. He has done very well with the writing technique presented in the workbook. He really LOVES that there is not much writing to do each day and that he is usually done within 15 minutes. I love that he doesn't complain about doing his writing lesson! I think this could be used with a beginning writer, since it really starts at the beginning for letter formation. There are full sentences to copy in most lessons, which are more of a challenge and great for the more advanced writer. Josiah falls somewhere in between. He knows how to write each letter, but he simply doesn't enjoy doing it. This has been an okay fit for him, since it is easy enough to keep him feeling confident, yet has some meat (sentences, etc.) to it to keep him from being bored. So far, the "multi sensory" side of it has not been a good fit for us at this time. I do see how it could help the child who thrives on hands-on and active learning. The activities range from song & dance, to air writing and using your voice. I have seen improvement in Josiah's handwriting over the last month, especially the fact that he usually remembers to start his letters at the top now. In fact, he just said to me the other day, "I like how my letters look when I start at the top!". The fact that he doesn't dread his daily writing, has been a huge improvement!
I found it difficult to wade through the first 20-something pages of the Teacher's Guide to grasp the whole idea behind Handwriting Without Tears. There is a lot for the teacher to absorb. I was confused on when to start the student workbook, since the lesson plans are at the very back of the book. But, once I found the lesson plans, it was very easy to get started. It is definitely geared towards the classroom setting, particularly in the public school. I found that a bit distracting for myself. Also, some of the activities use technology that wouldn't normally be found in a humble homeschool. But, I've learned to overlook these "cons" and have bent it to fit our homeschooling methods.