I personally used this curriculum to learn more about using the classics in our daily education. I try to use classics with my children because I feel they are rich in educational content and truly heartwarming books. I want my children to learn to enjoy classical books as much as I do. Teaching the Classics has helped me to provide a better education of the classics for my children in working as a reminder of the important elements I need to teach through the process of teaching them about the classics. This program would be excellent for an advance middle school or a high school student to work through on their own. It’s also excellent for a parent, like me, who needs that little extra reminder of these important elements in writing.
Recently, Handwriting Without Tears has advanced their exceptional program to include a digital app called Wet Dry Try for Android and iPad. Wet Dry Try includes handwriting skills for both capital letters and numbers. It is a multi-sensory, interactive tool used to encourage better handwriting skills in young children, just like the original Handwriting Without Tears program. This app encourages correct formation and orientation habits.
Wet Dry Try was created to appeal to many different learning and educational styles. The app is in a game format that gives just the right amount of writing practice while still keeping the program fun. Children work on one letter at a time, mastering the letter formation of that letter before moving ahead to a new letter. Working in this way prevents and eliminates writing reversals commonly seen in handwriting. A wooden frame, like an old fashioned slate and an imprint of a smiley face in the upper left corner of the frame help children learn orientation and correct formation.
From the Home screen, children can log in by choosing their name after inputting the correct information. They can then choose between two games to learn their capital letters and numbers. They can play Pick and Practice which will allow them to practice writing in any order or they can choose to play Winning Order to play using Handwriting Without Tear’s developmental teaching order.
As children work through this app, they earn a star for each level they pass correctly. With each star, the level’s difficulty increases. Once three stars are earned for the letter, the child then receives a letter card.
We used this app with our iPad generation 1. It worked fine for us with a few mild issues. We were not able to get our names registered in the program (app itself) and it had the occasional glitch that kicked us out of the program while using it. I attribute the last issue to our iPad being full and needing to be cleared of excess apps that we are not using.
The Wet Dry Try app itself is a LOT of fun. I personally played it when my children weren’t looking. My two older children also gave it a whirl and will continue to use it as an additive for handwriting around the house. But for this review purposes, my four year old was the reviewer of this product.
Laycie is four, turning five in April. Developmentally, she is about 3-6 months delayed due to health issues with her Epilepsy. Handwriting is a skill that we are just beginning to get into with her.
Laycie found this app to be fun on the first star level but slightly frustrating, especially on the second and third star levels. She enjoyed receiving the stars as she worked through the program. She found the Handwriting Without Tears Winning Order portion to be overwhelming though, as she isn’t ready for that much structure in handwriting at this time. She enjoyed using Pick and Practice, choosing the letters she wanted to give a try. She became frustrated by having to stay on the “line” as she worked through different letters and of course, preferred the easier letters to the harder ones. She was encouraged to keep using this app and asks daily to work on her letters.
As Mom and Teacher, I found this app to frustrate Laycie but I think with practice it will be extremely useful. I felt she had a hard time staying on the letter line but also know that comes with practice. I found the slate drawing and continued repeating of the letters to be helpful for Laycie and I can see how that will encourage her to perform better as she learns to write. I will be using more of the Winning Order game with her as her skills further develop over the next year. I will also continue to use the app with my older children to encourage better writing, but on a “fun” practice basis.
I believe this app would be perfect for children who have a little more practice with handwriting than Laycie has at this time. It would also be perfect for use with occupational therapies, challenging children to follow the lines, and stay on the path, encouraging development in those necessary skills. I also recommend this app to educators looking for more structure in handwriting to help build skills.
Handwriting Without Tears award winning program can be purchased online through their website. The Wet Dry Try app can also be purchased, either on Android or iPad. The iPad app is currently listed at $4.99 and is available in the App Store.
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Disclaimer – I received this app free for review from Handwriting Without Tears and the TOS Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest opinion of the product shared in a blog post on my blog. I was not given money in exchange for this review. I am including this disclaimer in accordance of FTC guidelines.
I think I may be getting the writing bug again thanks to a new group I have joined on Facebook. It’s a small group of like-minded women who enjoy writing about many things and enjoy discussing those writings and sharing in the triumphs and disappointments of each one. It’s spurred my thinking again and is providing me with just the intellect I need in my life.
I love to write. I love making words touch others, making them flow into thoughts, paragraphs, short stories and I love seeing the results of my writing in final form. I think I am good at writing, though at this point I feel I am very out of practice. And there are days when the words just won’t come because there is so much busy-ness in the way of them. Writer’s block is an atrocious thing!
There are many things I love doing but never seem to have time for. Writing, painting, cake baking, simple home cooking, photography, drawing, reading, watching movies, and even blogging. I would love to find time to do each one of these things but often Life calls instead. (Speaking of Life – new header above ^^^)
My quest for the things I should be doing, for the changes in me, has turned into a quest to organize my life and my time so that I can do the things I enjoy. Organization is yet another thing that has always eluded me. My cluttered mind only echoes that of my cluttered life, completing the Chaos of my world. Add children on top of that and it’s a downward spiral all the way!
Speaking of children, the kids and I have been busy buying seeds to plant for the garden and can hardly wait to get them started this week. We will be constructing a bigger light box than we originally expected and planting many different things: squash, watermelon, lima and green beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, and much more. We also have a few flowers to plant, including four o’clocks to toss down our ditchbank to grow on the side. I can’t wait for those to grow so the kids can time them to open and close each day just like I used to as a small child!
We will be reading more about plants this week, in Botany and as I said completing our light box. We will hopefully be taking a field trip to look at the plants tomorrow, now that it’s dried out a bit, before the rains come again on Tuesday.
We will also read more of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which the kids are extremely excited to do. When we finish I will order the movie for them to watch from Netflix, so that we can compare the book to the movie like we do with all of our Literature.
We will be playing catch up in History this week as we missed a couple of days of lessons last week when we were involved in Life Lessons. We are currently covering Prehistoric History and will be beginning timelines soon. I’m looking for Historic People to use on our timelines but haven’t had success with it yet.
And of course we have all our other studies of math, reading, writing and Bible. Our weeks never fail to be busy and full of Life for us.
Hopefully somewhere in there, I can schedule some time for me to write but for now I guess I’ll just continue to enjoy Luv’N Lambert Life!