The Moorestown Friends School Early Childhood Program

Handwriting Without Tears

dsc_3360Beginning in Preschool students learn the basics of proper pencil grip, body awareness, posture and proper letter formation through a formal handwriting program, Handwriting Without Tears (HWT). The goal of Handwriting Without Tears is to make legible and fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill for all students.

The HWT curriculum uses multi-sensory techniques and consistent habits for letter formation to teach handwriting to all students—Preschool through Cursive. In our Beginnings at MFS classrooms before the students write the letters using pencil/paper, they are building letters with wooden pieces, writing them on a small slate board with small sponges, small pieces of paper towels and small pieces of chalk.  In the older grades students learn and practice correct letter formation through easy-to-use workbooks.

The program’s unique methods and materials alleviate problems with:

  • Letter formation
  • Reversals
  • Legibility
  • Sentence spacing
  • Cursive connections