Handwriting Without Tears Presented by: Erin Sears and Jessica Christmas

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Handwriting Without Tears

Handwriting Without Tears Presented by: Erin Sears and Jessica Christmas

HistoryJan Olsen: occupational therapist; founder and developer of the program

In 1977, her son, John, struggled with handwriting in 1st grade, so this program is a response to his tears

Olsen used her OT background to help come up with strategies to help John

History ContinuedJohns teacher noticed his progress and asked Olsen to tutor other students, which developed into her first therapists guide

Used in grades K-5

There is also a Pre-K program

PurposePlanned to help children learn handwriting skills in the easiest and most efficient wayChildren can transition quickly from learning mechanics of handwriting to focusing on content Provides developmentally appropriate multisensory tools and strategies

FeaturesCan be used in group settings or individuallyFlexible curriculum, so it is able to fit within any scheduleOnly requires 15 minutes a day5 minutes giving the lesson5-10 minutes for the students to practice

Suggests teaching handwriting everyday to incorporate the new lesson with writing throughout the dayUse Fridays as review days, with no new lessons being taughtMaterials: chalkboards, magnetic boards, wooden blocks, workbooks, Mat Man pieces, clayFeatures ContinuedInstructional stagesPrior to handwriting instruction: prepare children in handwriting readinessDuring handwriting instruction:First stage- show how to form letters, words, and sentencesSecond stage- copying; students complete workbook and worksheet lessons; teacher provides direct help when the student has difficultyThird stage- independent writing; should grow in proportion to a childs mastery of handwriting skill

Print Developmental Teaching OrderCapitalsFrog Jump Capitals (F E D P B R N M)Starting Corner Capitals (H K L U V W X Y Z)Center Starters (C O Q G S A I T J)LowercaseExactly like capitals but smaller (c o s v w t)High frequency that being with magic c (a d j)Rest of vowels/similar to capitals (u i e l k y j)They dive! (p r n m h b)Tricky (f q x z)

Cursive Developmental Teaching Order LowercaseFamiliar from printing - c a d g h t p Loop stroke pattern - e l f - u y i j - k r s

Tow truck letters - o w b v Bumpy letters - m n - x z qLimitations There are a lot of materialsOrder of letters can be confusingOnly uses bottom and middle line, so students may get confused when using different paper

State Curriculum ConnectionCurrently incorporated in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and New YorkApproved by Howard County in MDAligns with Grade 1: Standard 5.0 Controlling Language E.1. Produce handwriting that is legible to the audience A. Form upper and lower case manuscript lettersB. control size and spacing of manuscript letters on appropriately lined paperC. Use manuscript in daily assignments to build accuracy and automaticity

Ideas for an Elementary ClassroomFits into Response to Intervention strategiesUse to help inspire students to love to write, and to write neatly and proficientlyProvide practice through authentic writing experiences

References Maryland State Department of Education. Using the state curriculum. Retrieved from http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/reading/standard5/grade1.html

Handwriting Without Tears. Why it works. Retrieved from http://www.hwtears.com/hwt/why-it-works