Many months back I decided to use the Handwriting Without Tears program, after careful research and seeing how many other homeschoolers love the program. (From now on I’ll refer to it as HWT.) If you read my blog back in March or so, you’ll see me talk about it. We got the Pre-K  Get Set For School program, which uses all kinds of multi-sensory activities to help preschoolers retain and have fun learning. It covers so many other preschool necessities, like fine and gross motor control, social skills and much more. I love it. But after all that talk, we hadn’t even “started” it! I guess Satori was already writing all her capital letters and loved doing so, so it wasn’t a big priority at the time. However, now IS the time to get her on the right track to handwriting. So this summer, we will finish our Pre-K program, which is for 4 year olds. Correct some of her bad habits, learn numbers, get her writing with more confidence.

Last night I stayed up until 4am planning out  our schedule for the summer (actually not a big deal for me, I’m a night owl). Since Satori does already know most of this, I accelerated it by 2-3 times the suggested pace. Today we kicked it off by started the “Check Readiness” test, our very first “test”! She sailed past pretty much everything. Below it is testing to see if she knows her colors, objects, and can color in the lines relatively well, with a good grip.

HWT Check Readiness test

HWT Check Readiness test

The tiny FLIP crayons are purposely small so children develop a good grip close to the tip, but here she could’ve had even finer control probably if she gripped it further down the crayon.

Test - page 1

Test - page 1

Page 1, pretty good, but I know she can do better making circles! 😛

Next up was drawing a person, and I asked her to draw herself. This was testing to see if she included enough “people parts”. Most kids at this age don’t include body, limbs, etc… Below you can see she doesn’t include legs (maybe it was a long dress?) and a nose (she doesn’t think she’s good at “noses”), but otherwise, I’m pretty impressed. I did not assist at all, but she was telling me what she was drawing, the detail on the shoes, the sleeves on the dress, and the fact that her ears are under her hair. 🙂 If you know Satori very well, most likely you’ve received a handwritten card from her in the past year, so you can see if she’s improved at all.

Person drawing

Person drawing

Page 2. Testing for letters, numbers, name. Satori already can recognize pretty much all her letters, both upper and lower case. I haven’t worked on that much at all, she just picked it up in a few sessions. Numbers, a month ago she had problems with 7 and 9 every now and then. Today she just forgot her 9. No worries, we’ll also pick up on math this summer and she’ll master that no problem. She can write her name much better than that, pesty mama was hovering over her trying to see where she started her letters (I had to put a dot where she started each letter), and nosing in the huge, invasive camera like I always do, hehe.

HWT test Page 2

HWT test Page 2

Here’s my schedule I mapped out until the wee hours of this morning. We already finished Day 1 in a few easy minutes. It’s already quite an accelerated schedule, I might accelerate it a tad more, but I really only want to spend a few minutes a day, as she’s still a preschooler. 🙂

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=rMCr_PoeksBq8ySzDPsvsBA

The above link will bring out to my online Google spreadsheet, no login required. I will be updating and refining this in the next week. I know we’ll be able to finish “Pre-K Get Set for School” this summer, and by this fall, start the Kindergarten Letters and Numbers for Me program. Depending how Satori goes with the Pre-K one, we might even start by August of this summer.