I keep looking at the Handwriting Without Tears program for my 5 year old. He can print all the capitals, but has difficulty remembering how to do some lowercase letters. He will also write some numbers backwards sometimes. I see people praising the HWT program, but I'm a bit confused about how to use it. What do I get to get started? What the heck is Mat Man, and do I need that or will it be fun for ds? Do I need the teachers guides or is the workbook pretty self explanatory? What about the blackboard with double lines ... a good idea?
I've tried to show ds how to write certain letters (like starting at the top) and he seems to do the exact opposite...like write a D for example, either starting at the bottom or making the curved part first. Writing an 8 is really hard too...he thinks it's basically a zero with a line through it. So I'd like to give him something that can be a self-directed activity, as I don't want to push him in writing, just give him the opportunity to learn how to write letters correctly.
I didn't use the program with my kids until they were older, so I don't know if you need Mat Man. However, I did want to say that I really like the order they present the letters. They group them by how they are formed. So, for lowercase, you have magic c letters. These all start with a c and you build on that. You have divers (those that start up high and dive down). I like it because it seems easier to build on what you already know versus needing to learn 26 things from scratch.
Mom to three very active girls Anna (15), Kayla (12), Maya (9).
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