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Archive for July 8th, 2009

This blog post might come in handy, as on BOTH homeschooling forums I frequent, there were people asking about all the extra tools (aside from the workbook/manual) for the Handwriting Without tears program. Here are a few of those “extras” in action… I gave links to my HWT posts and now whenever I write a post about Handwriting Without Tears, I tag it as “hwt” and this link: http://satorismiles.com/tag/hwt/ will show all related posts! I am doing the same for any other curriculum (MUS, AAS, SOTW, OPG, ETC).

Our next lesson (lesson 14) in Math-U-See (MUS) will cover counting to 20, but it requires that Satori write the numerals. So I spent the beginning and middle of this week reviewing handwriting numbers 0-10, we’ve never “officially” spent time learning to write numerals correctly. She was starting to write them backwards and incorrectly.

So we went over our number pages in the back of the Handwriting Without Tears Student workbook (“Get Set for School”) and using my new StartWrite Software (I will dedicate a blog post to this soon), we went over the correct formation of the numbers 1-10. Today we added multi-sensory fun with our Play Dough and See and Stamp Screen.

Numeral 3 on Stamp and See Screen

Numeral 3 on Stamp and See Screen

We usually first start with the Stamp and See Screen using the magnetic stamps that come in HWT’s famous 4 shapes. Then Satori would draw them on. After 3 days of going over numbers in the workbook, handwriting sheets, and this, Satori can write a numeral on demand! She’s got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 down pat. The numeral 8 she used to draw with 2 circles on top of each other, but now we are following HWT’s method of drawing a Capital S and then back up. Her 8’s turn out a bit flat, but she’s improving! Good enough for me until this fall when we tackle it all over again in more depth in HWT’s Kindergarten course “Letters and Numbers For Me”.

We also reviewed the capital letters C, O, Q, G, S, and J with our Roll-A-Dough Letters. Since it was going so well, I even snuck in the next lesson, and we formed the numerals 1-10, as well as the next set of letters (D, P, B, R, K, A) on our Stamp and See. 😉

Roll-A-Dough Letters - Letter J

Roll-A-Dough Letters - Letter J

Handwriting Without Tears (at least the Pre-K/K programs) is extremely flexible. We’re tackling many letters and numbers at once, as Satori already is familiar with all her capitals and numerals. So far it has been worth it, even at our accelerated pace, as her handwriting has improved tremendously. In the next workbook, we’ll be perfecting the capitals, and starting lowercase.

Satori loves to write so much that I can’t wait until we tackle lowercase.

After spending much of the spring cutting and pasting with lapbooks and various crafts, it was a relief to find this little project. I had gathered scissors and glue, but we didn’t need them!

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I was out shopping yesterday, and as I’m always looking for things to build our craft resource center, I came across this Foam Creations set. I realized today it only makes 3 animals in a specific way, but you can make several of each, although we only needed one.

Foam Creations

Foam Creations

In just a few minutes, we had these 3 cute little creature puppets!

Elephant, Monkey and Lion puppets

Elephant, Monkey and Lion puppets

Makes me feel a wee bit guilty, using something so obviously commercial. I promise we will do some more “crafty” crafts soon! 🙂