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#1 of 2 Old 03-15-2013, 02:55 AM - Thread Starter
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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.  

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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.  



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