We recommend this program for students ready to begin handwriting and include it in the Grade K All-Subjects Package.
Developed by a registered occupational therapist, Handwriting Without Tears is a developmentally-based handwriting program. That means it pays attention, in a way that no other program we know does, to the developmental needs of people — of whatever age — who are trying to learn how to write.
Handwriting Without Tears offers extremely basic exercises in figure-ground discrimination and top-to-bottom, left-to-right sequencing in kindergarten. When it comes to forming letters it begins with all capitals. Why? Because, unlike the lower-case p, q, b, and d, the capital letters are all very easy to distinguish. Your children don't mix them up!
Sonlight strategically schedules this program so that the letters your children learn in Handwriting match the letter sound they learn in their Language Arts program each week. This makes it easier for children and helps solidify connections between reading and writing.