Handwriting Without Tears

What is it

The developmentally based, flexible, and engaging Handwriting Without Tears® program is the easiest, most effective way for children to develop good handwriting skills. It has been used successfully by more than 10 million children.

The Pre-K Get Set for School™ program introduces school readiness activities for young children of all ability levels. Through music, movement, building, coloring, and multisensory activities, children have fun as they develop important skills:

  • Language proficiency
  • Color and shape awareness
  • Fine and gross motor control
  • Letter and number recognition
  • Counting abilities
  • Social skills

Why It Works

Handwriting Without Tears® is a proven success in making legible and fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill for all students.

HWT uses fun, entertaining, and educationally sound instructional methods to teach handwriting to all students: pre-k through cursive. The well-planned lessons require minimal preparation time. Thousands of administrators, teachers, therapists, and parents across the country have successfully implemented the program. The result truly is handwriting without tears for all!

Teaching Order

The Handwriting Without Tears® developmental teaching order is planned to help children learn handwriting skills in the easiest, most efficient way. As a result, children can transition quickly from learning the mechanics of handwriting to focusing on content and meaning—in all subjects. We teach printing first. After printing is mastered, we add the cursive connections.

Capitals to Lowercase

Developmentally, capitals are easier so we teach them first. The capital teaching order helps teach correct formation and orientation while eliminating reversals.

Learning capitals first makes learning lowercase letters easy. We teach lowercase c o s v w first because they are exactly the same as their capital partners, only smaller. By teaching capitals first, we have prepared children for nearly half of the lowercase letters that are similar in formation.

Letter Style

Handwriting Without Tears® teaches a simple, clean, vertical style of printing and cursive that is easy for everyone to learn. We teach the easiest style so that all children can be successful in handwriting.

The continuous stroke print looks like the letters and words children read every day. It follows developmental principles, prevents reversals, and prepares children for a smooth transition to cursive.