Homeschool 2nd Grade Curriculum Choices 2019-2020

Homeschool 2nd Grade Curriculum Choices 2019-2020

Today I’m sharing my homeschool curriculum choices for the 2019-2020 school year for my 2nd grader, along with why I made these choices for this particular child. Of all of my kids, these are the choices that were the most difficult for me to make because my beautiful blue-eyed boy really hates working one-on-one, but he’s not quite ready to work independently. So sometimes it’s a Struggle. But I’ve got my fingers crossed!

(You can also read about this year’s curriculum choices for my fifth grader and kindergartener.)

Before jumping into my second grader’s curriculum choices, please remember that you and I may be working toward different requirements for homeschooling, depending on where you live. So please inform yourself about your local homeschool laws! (I talk more about the importance of that here.)

Ok, on to our particular choices…

(Our general weekly schedule is toward the end.)

2019-2020 Homeschool Curriculum Choices for 2nd Grade

Group Subjects

In years past, I tried to save time in our days by doing history and science as a group. This worked pretty well for our first few years of homeschooling, but became more difficult as the boys grew older and their personalities and learning preferences became more apparent.

Last year, after defining what I know of their Learning Preferences so far, I realized that a group environment was not an ideal way for any of my boys to learn. So I let go of the group paradigm for the most part. For now, we still do our memory work (religious studies, poetry memorization) and read-alouds together.

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Individual Subjects

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Morning Work

2nd grade curriculum choices
2nd grade curriculum choices
2nd grade curriculum choices

Morning Work for us is a binder that includes calendaring activities and any other work that either can be done quickly or doesn’t really fit in anywhere else.

For now, all I have in his Morning Work binder is a set of calendar pages that I’ve created for him in order to get accustomed to the way a calendar works. He also writes out the date in order to sneak in some spelling practice for days of the week and months. Besides, writing out the date is something that he needs to learn how to do.

Later on this year I plan to add some copywork/tracing of geography terms and maybe some history vocabulary.


Bible

My second grader reads one devotion from 365 Devotions for Kids each day independently. I chose this book because he loved The Beginner’s Bible, my absolute favorite Bible storybook. He loved The Beginner’s Bible last year so much that choosing 365 Devotions for Kids seemed like a no-brainer.


Math

Math-U-See has been a staple in our homeschool from the start, but my second grader decided that he didn’t like using the math blocks that are integral to the program. So I went on the hunt for something different for him.

I landed on Horizons Math, which is new to us. I chose this curriculum because it’s colorful and provides a variety of activities each day, which I thought would appeal to my second grader. It’s a spiral approach to teaching math, which is not my preference, but at this point the best math curriculum is the one that gets done while causing the least amount of drama in my house. 😜 We’re still getting acclimated to it, so not sure yet if it will meet my drama-free objective. 🤞

If you do choose this curriculum for yourself, you may want to pick up the worksheet packet, too, so that you don’t have to make copies of the many worksheets at the back of the book.


Reading

When my second grader completed the second grade level of Hooked on Phonics last year, we started reading through this I Wonder reader and will complete it this fall. I chose it because it has character-building stories, and was not disappointed because it has sparked productive conversations about behavior, habits, and heart matters. I also like that it includes both short stories and poems.

After completing this reader, my second grader will switch to a reading list that I’ve put together for him. The reading list is comprised of books that my oldest read when he was at this reading level, so we have most of them in our home library already.


Grammar

This is another new-to-us curriculum. I chose Evan-Moor’s Grammar & Punctuation for Grade 2 because it addresses one grammar concept at a time and then provides several days of varied practice for that concept before moving on to something else.


Spelling

This is my biggest fingers-crossed moment right here! We’ve used All About Spelling since we began homeschooling, but my independent second grader hated all of the one-on-one work it required, even after I customized the way we use it. I chose Spelling Power because it looked like I could customize it to cut out most of the one-on-one work and allow him to work independently. And bonus: it’s supposed to be the only spelling curriculum I will ever need!

After receiving the book and reading through the lengthy introduction, I saw that they highly discourage customization of the program. Honestly, that kind of made me chuckle and kind of made me roll my eyes because no curriculum is perfect for every single student as-written. But I gave their method a go, just to see.

I’ve realized that no, my instincts were right, I need to customize. So we’re still in the process of finding just the right way to use Spelling Power that will allow my son to progress in his spelling skills without loads of angst and frustration.


Writing

My second grader loves stories and fun pictures, so I chose Usborne’s My First Story Writing Book for him to give him an introduction into writing. I chose it because it covers the basics of story writing, like characters and setting, in a fun and interactive way.


Science

I really didn’t have it in me to do a lot of science experiments this year, so I wanted a science curriculum that didn’t have science experiments as an integral part of the program.

I chose the Carson Dellosa Interactive Science Notebooks because they are a fun, hands-on way to learn and organize new science concepts, they make suggestions for simple “experiment” types of activities that I can handle in this season of life, and they provide a way for my student to process what he’s learned in his own way.


History

For history, I chose BJU Press’ Heritage Studies distance learning curriculum for my independent second grader. I’ve taken a unit study approach to history in the past, but really wanted a basic textbook curriculum this year to give myself a break. I like Heritage Studies because it approaches American History from a Christian worldview and has a colorful activity manual.

I initially purchased just the textbook and activity manual without the distance learning option, but quickly decided to add on the online portion since my son really hates receiving instruction one-on-one. He very much enjoys having the instructor on-screen rather than in his face. 🙄


Art / Handwriting

There are only so many hours in the day, so the subject of art has low priority in our homeschool. And my second grader, who struggles with perfectionism, refused to draw anything. It’s cool with me if art isn’t his thing (it’s not my thing, either), but drawing and sketching went from a mere Dislike to a Difficulty and stumbling block in his other studies.

So I chose Draw Write Now to get him started on drawing since I used it with my oldest in the past and it worked well for him. Sometimes you just have to go with what’s worked before and hope for the best. My oldest also hated drawing to the point that it became a problem, but after working on drawings in this book once a week, he got over it and doesn’t hesitate to make his own little sketches. I’m hoping and praying for similar results with my second grader.

We’re using these Draw Write Now printables from 1+1+1=1, which include the handwriting portion of this art/handwriting curriculum.


2nd grade curriculum choices

Extracurricular

Cub Scouts – My second grader will be continuing with Cub Scouts this year. I was somehow surprised by how much learning happens in Cub Scouts. The many shared experiences are a great way to make friends, and it’s also good bonding time with Daddy since my husband deals with all the Cub Scouts stuff.

Homeschool Co-op – We recently joined a local low-stress homeschool co-op that focuses on social activities like park days with some educational opportunities thrown in. Just another way I’m trying to socialize my kid. 😜

Those are our homeschool curriculum choices … for now. I usually evaluate how things are going in December – adding, subtracting, and/or changing as needed.

2nd grade curriculum choices
Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices – 2019-2020

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices – 2019-2020

Today I’m sharing our kindergarten homeschool curriculum choices for the 2019-2020 school year, along with why I made these choices for this particular child.

(You can also read about this year’s curriculum choices for my second grader and fifth grader.)

Before jumping into my kindergartener’s curriculum choices, please remember that you and I may be working toward different requirements for homeschooling, depending on where you live. So please inform yourself about your local homeschool laws! (I talk more about the importance of that here.)

Ok, on to our particular choices…

(Our general weekly schedule is toward the end.)

2019-2020 Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Group Subjects

In years past, I tried to save time in our days by doing history and science as a group. This worked pretty well for our first few years of homeschooling, but became more difficult as the boys grew older and their personalities and learning preferences became more apparent.

Last year, after defining what I know of their Learning Preferences so far, I realized that a group environment was not an ideal way for any of my boys to learn. So I let go of the group paradigm for the most part. For now, we still do our memory work (religious studies, poetry memorization) and read-alouds together.

Individual Subjects

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Morning Work

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum
Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

This is the first year that my little kindergartener is doing Morning Work. Morning Work for us is a binder that includes calendaring activities and any other work that either can be done quickly or doesn’t really fit in anywhere else.

For now, all I have in his Morning Work binder is a set of calendar pages that I’ve created for him in order to get accustomed to the way a calendar works. He updates our wall calendar with the appropriate date, then updates his Morning Work calendar.

Later on this year I plan to add some copywork/tracing of personal information, like first and last name, home address, and phone numbers.


Bible

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

The Beginner’s Bible is my absolute favorite Bible storybook because the Bible stories are faithful to the original without being dumbed down, and the language is for the most part accessible to early elementary students. I chose this book because my older two read through this book in past years and loved it so much that it’s now falling apart! Hopefully I can keep it in one piece long enough for my youngest to enjoy it this year.


Math

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

Math-U-See has been a staple in our homeschool from the start, so I decided to use Math-U-See Primer for my kindergartener. I chose this curriculum because I like its mastery approach to teaching math, and also that new concepts are introduced only once a week or so (the way we use it), with intervening days being dedicated to practice and review.

You can see my review of Math-U-See here.


Phonics

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

Hooked on Phonics was my choice for my little one because I’ve used it with my older two boys in the past with great success. My youngest actually started the kindergarten level of Hooked on Phonics almost a year ago, so he’s almost done with it. When he’s done with the kindergarten level, we’ll move on to the first grade level.

You can see my review of Hooked on Phonics here.

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

Besides Hooked on Phonics, we also read a “real” book each day. Right now we’re working through the Bob Books sets that I have. My son LOVES these little books, and they’re a great way for my little one to feel like a big boy with a big boy book.

You can see my review of Bob Books here.


Handwriting/Grammar

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

My kindergartner used the pre-k level of Handwriting Without Tears to learn how to write his uppercase letters last year, so we’re continuing with the kindergarten level to review uppercase letters and learn how to write lowercase letters. I chose this curriculum because I love the gentle and clear instruction and have used various levels with all of my kids.

You can see my review of the pre-k level of Handwriting Without Tears here.


Science

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

I really didn’t have it in me to do a lot of science experiments this year, so I wanted a science curriculum that didn’t have science experiments as an integral part of the program. And besides, I need my kindergartener to learn the very basics of science.

I chose the Carson Dellosa Interactive Science Notebooks because they are a fun, hands-on way to learn and organize new science concepts, they make suggestions for simple “experiment” types of activities that I can handle in this season of life, and they provide a way for my little student to process what he’s learned in his own way.

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

We tried out this Kumon Sticker Science workbook last year, and my son loves it. We’ll incorporate it into his other science studies this year.

You can see my review of this Kumon Science Sticker Activity Book here.


History

My kindergartener will not be going through a formal history curriculum this year because I feel that it’s important that he get a better understanding of the world at large first by learning a little bit about geography, but he will be participating in some American history activities with my older two boys.


Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

Geography

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

For geography I’ve chosen Skill Sharpeners Geography, Grade Pre-K. I actually meant to purchase the kindergarten edition, but this arrived so I guess I got a bit click-happy in Amazon. After looking at it, I determined that it’s appropriate for my kindergartener. I chose it because it has fun, simple activities that are age-appropriate.


Art

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

There are only so many hours in the day, so the subject of art has low priority in our homeschool. But after learning how to hold and use a crayon correctly last year (thanks, Handwriting Without Tears!), my little one developed a love of drawing and crafting in general. So I wanted to give this newly revealed Delight its place in my kindergartener’s school work.

I chose this Scholastic Step-By-Step Drawing Book because the drawings look age-appropriate and I think that, after becoming accustomed to it, my son will eventually be able to work out of it independently.


Extracurricular

Cub Scouts – My kindergartener is so excited to join his brothers in Cub Scouts! I was somehow surprised by how much learning happens in Cub Scouts. The many shared experiences are a great way to make friends, and it’s also good bonding time with Daddy since my husband deals with all the Cub Scouts stuff.

Homeschool Co-op – We recently joined a local low-stress homeschool co-op that focuses on social activities like park days with some educational opportunities thrown in. Just another way I’m trying to socialize my kid. 😜

Those are our homeschool curriculum choices … for now. I usually evaluate how things are going in December – adding, subtracting, and/or changing as needed.


Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum
Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles Review

Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles Review

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I’m using Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles, published by Scholastic, with my soon-to-be fifth grader. I chose it for some fun handwriting practice during the summer, but we may continue with it next school year.

Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles Review

Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles takes a novel approach to handwriting practice. Rather than practicing handwriting with dry source material, students write jokes and riddles in cursive. Since I have three boys that love a good joke, I knew that my oldest would love sharing new jokes with his brothers.

How It’s Set Up

Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles has 42 practice pages. The first two practice pages give the student an opportunity to practice writing the alphabet, first uppercase then lowercase letters. There isn’t any instruction about how to form the letters, other than arrows to serve as a reminder. So this workbook assumes that the student has learned how to write in cursive already and just needs some practice.

Since there can be differences in how cursive letters are formed (ex, the letters F and T), it’s important to note if letter formation reflects what the student has learned in the past. Since my son learned a different way to form some letters, I gave him the option to continue writing the way he learned, or try out the new letter formations. He chose to stick with what he learned in the past.

All practice pages other than the alphabet pages have the same setup:

  • the top half gives the opportunity to practice writing words from that page’s joke/riddle (written in its entirety below the practice words)
  • the bottom half has lines for the student to write the joke/riddle
  • the margin gives handwriting tips for the student and a bonus joke/riddle

A blank page at the end of the workbook allows the student to add his own jokes/riddles.

Students have the option to create their own joke booklet when the workbook is completed (instructions at the front of the book). A dashed line between the top and bottom portions of each page shows where to cut.

Teacher Prep

You may want to decide how you want to schedule Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles. I have my son use it about four times a week. He writes the practice words on a practice page one day, and then writes out the joke the next day. Other options for using this workbook include:

  • having the student do one practice page per day
  • allowing the student to work out of it as much as he likes per handwriting session
  • rotating it with another handwriting workbook or copywork

Student Time

How much time a student spends on this will depend on how you use it. The way we use it, it takes my son less than 10 minutes a day.

To whom would I recommend Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles?

(Based on Learning Preferences and Three D’s I describe in earlier posts.)

Recommend to…

  • Students that have previously learned how to write in cursive and just need practice.
  • Students that love jokes!

I would NOT recommend to…

Students that need instruction on how to form cursive letters.

My Best Tips for Using Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles

  • Keep it fun. Don’t require too much in one day
  • If your student learned how to form cursive letters in a different way than shown in this workbook, and you are allowing them to continue with the way that they’ve learned previosly, provide a handwriting guide showing the familiar cursive letters so that your student doesn’t get confused.
  • If you like the idea of making handwriting practice more fun for your child but don’t love the content of this workbook, use books in your home library to create your own handwriting curriculum. Focus on books that delight your student, and choose sentences or very short passages. Maybe underline words for them to practice, create copywork forms using a cursive font, or handwrite into a notebook for your student to copy.

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles

Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles is a great way to inject some fun into what is normally a tedious and boring subject.

Handwriting Without Tears Review – Pre-K

Handwriting Without Tears Review – Pre-K

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Handwriting Without Tears is a handwriting curriculum that is part of the Learning Without Tears group of resources. It’s intended for use in a school setting, but it’s become popular in the homeschool community. I’ve used it in our homeschool with all of my kids, but used the preschool and kindergarten levels only with my younger two. I was drawn to the curriculum because it was created by occupational therapists, and I had a student that was extremely resistant to adopting the correct pencil grip. It worked so well for him that I am now using with with my youngest, who is currently finishing up the preschool book (My First School Book), and will use the new version of the kindergarten book (Letters and Numbers for Me) next school year. 

Handwriting Without Tears Review 

Curriculum Elements

My First School Book, the preschool level workbook, teaches pencil grip, uppercase letter formation, number formation, colors, and shapes. There’s also a nod to the first sound of each letter, but I didn’t feel that was a major part of the workbook and feel strongly that letter sounds should be taught separately (we used this fantastic video for letter sounds). But most of the book is dedicated to uppercase letter formation (lowercase letters are taught in the kindergarten level). Letter formation is taught in developmental, rather than alphabetical, order.  

It’s important to know that the workbook is just one part of this curriculum. Handwriting Without Tears is intended to be a multisensory curriculum. There are a number of additional products you can purchase to allow the student to have hands-on activities to learn letter and number and letter formation, as well as CDs with learning songs. 

A suggested lesson plan and activities are included in the Readiness & Writing Pre-K Teacher’s Guide. I followed the suggested lesson plan the first time I used the pre-k curriculum, and have pared it down this second time around. If used as suggested – doing a couple of activities per day with your student that may include multi-sensory play or workbook work – this curriculum should last for the entire school year. 

What Should You Buy? 

Necessary

Optional but Highly Recommend 

Other Optional Helpful Items 

Teacher Prep 

Before getting started with this curriculum, you’ll want to spend some time getting to know the teacher’s manual. Read about how to help a student correct their pencil grip. Study the lesson plan and consider if you want to use it or make changes.

Also plan how you want to store the various elements of the curriculum. I recommend keeping it all together so that it’s easy to grab the current day’s activity for your child.

Student Time 

Active teaching time usually takes less than five minutes, although it always took longer when we had fun songs from the CD on the plan for the day. 

If the student has a coloring activity in the workbook, they usually take a few minutes longer. Coloring is a key aspect of the curriculum because it gives the student an opportunity to practice the proper pencil grip and build up hand muscle strength. Until the student habitually uses the correct grip, you’ll need to monitor and correct. In these early stages, your child’s hand will tire quickly. But we had great results with even just a few minutes with this curriculum a day on a consistent basis. 

To whom would I recommend Handwriting Without Tears?

(Based on Learning Preferences and Three D’s I describe in earlier posts.)

Recommend for… 

  • Handwriting Without Tears truly is a multi-sensory curriculum, which means that you should have some success with this program no matter your student’s preferred learning methods as long as you focus time and energy on the learning methods that they prefer.
  • Like most preschool curricula, Handwriting Without Tears requires One-on-One teaching. But if your child prefers Group learning and has siblings, it’s fun to include siblings in some of the lessons. I found that all of my boys enjoyed the songs and playing with the wood pieces.
  • Children that are not naturally developing the proper pencil grip.

I would NOT recommend for…

Children that can already write their uppercase letters. Handwriting Without Tears focuses on letter formation, so a student that already knows how to form his letters may grow bored with it.

My Best Tips for Using Handwriting Without Tears

  • Store all of the pieces of the program together, maybe in a bag or bin, so that it’s easy to grab what you need when you need it.
  • Don’t skip the coloring pages at the beginning of the workbook. They’re important for the development of your studen’t fine motor skills. You may want to spend multiple days on one coloring page if your studen’t hand grows tired.

Common Questions/FAQ About Handwriting Without Tears

Do I really need all those pieces? Can I get just the workbook?
You can try using just the workbook if your student’s preferred learning methods are Written Word, Spoken Word, or Visual since there are pictures at the top of each letter and number page showing the steps in forming the letters/numbers. But if you have a student that learns better with Interactive or Physical learning methods, I would recommend purchasing the teacher’s manual and some of the hands-on pieces.

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Handwriting Without Tears

This is one of my favorite of all the curricula we’ve used because it shows parents that have never taught handwriting how to teach this subject in a logical, stepwise manner that truly helps her child. I’m grateful that I found it!

Handwriting Without Tears Review – Cursive

Handwriting Without Tears Review – Cursive

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Handwriting Without Tears is a handwriting curriculum that is part of the Learning Without Tears group of resources. It’s intended for use in a school setting, but it’s become popular in the homeschool community. I was drawn to the curriculum because it was created by occupational therapists and I had a student that was extremely resistant to adopting the correct pencil grip in pre-k. It worked so well for him that I decided to use Handwriting Without Tears to teach cursive to my oldest.

Handwriting Without Tears Review for Fourth Grade

Curriculum Elements

Cursive Success, the fourth-grade level workbook, reviews the cursive skills (using Handwriting Without Tear‘s vertical style rather than the more traditional slanted style) learned in the previous workbook (Cursive Handwriting), but focuses more on connecting letters while adding more language arts topics. Some of the additional language arts topic include writing activities focusing on topics like poems, synonyms/antonyms, letter writing, etc. But I would say that the focus of the workbook is writing words in cursive, and that this workbook is not sufficient to also serve as a grammar or writing curriculum for a fourth grader.

The Cursive Success Teacher’s Guide includes ideas for multi-sensory activities. Reluctant writers or students that struggle with workbook work would benefit from these ideas. But if your student just needs practice, the workbook should be sufficient. The parent/instructor can simply sit with their student and talk through the letter formations as described on the page, then monitor the child’s work.

The version of the book we used had about 88 pages of student work, most of which can be done in one sitting. The first page of student work is dedicated to cursive warm-ups. Rather than do this page in one sitting, I would recommend either doing one line a day – finishing the page before moving on to the next – or doing one line a day and working on the next page that has not been completed. There’s also a couple of pages toward the end of the workbook where the student completes paragraphs, but we found it to be rather clunky and probably should have skipped them. The teacher’s guide, which I did not use, may have given more instruction about those pages.

Necessary

Cursive Success – student workbook

Optional

Teacher Prep

If you plan to use the teacher’s guide, you’ll want to spend some time with it and plan out the activities you do in addition to the workbook. You will likely also have to make additional purchases.

But if you’re using just the workbook, most pages should be open and go. There are several “Spelling to Cursive” sections interspersed throughout the workbook that will require you to dictate and verbally spell words using letters that have been covered so far, so you may want to have words prepared in advance so that you don’t have to come up with them on-the-spot.

Student Time

Most of the pages should take less than 15 minutes to complete, but some students may want to complete pages towards the back of the workbook over two days if experiencing frustration.

To whom would I recommend Handwriting Without Tears?

(Based on Learning Preferences and Three D’s I describe in earlier posts.)

Recommend for…

  • Students that do well with the Written WordSpoken Word, and Visual learning methods should do well with just the workbook. But students that need more Interactive or Physical methods of learning may need multi-sensory activities as described in the teacher’s guide.
  • Like most early-learning curricula, Handwriting Without Tears requires One-on-One teaching.

I would NOT recommend for…

Children that have not yet learned how to write in cursive or learned in a different style than taught in Handwriting Without Tears since familiarity with this style of cursive is assumed.

My Best Tips for Using Handwriting Without Tears

  • Keep a close eye on your student’s letter formation and connections between letters since it’s important to correct your student before they create bad habits.
  • Keep the lessons short, no more than 15 minutes.

Common Questions/FAQ About Handwriting Without Tears

Do I need the teacher’s manual/guide?

Yes, if your student needs multi-sensory activities as part of his/her handwriting curriculum.

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Handwriting Without Tears

This is one of my favorite of all the curricula we’ve used because it shows parents that have never taught handwriting how to teach this subject in a logical, stepwise manner that truly helps her child. I’m grateful that I found it!

handwriting without tears

If using just the workbook, you can do handwriting three times a week and complete it in less than a school year. If using multi-sensory activities from the teacher’s guide, you may want to do handwriting more often.

What Should You Buy?

Necessary

Cursive Success – student workbook

Optional

Teacher Prep

If you plan to use the teacher’s guide, you’ll want to spend some time with it and plan out the activities you do in addition to the workbook. You will likely also have to make additional purchases.

But if you’re using just the workbook, most pages should be open and go. There are several “Spelling to Cursive” sections interspersed throughout the workbook that will require you to dictate and verbally spell words using letters that have been covered so far, so you may want to have words prepared in advance so that you don’t have to come up with them on-the-spot.

Student Time

Most of the pages should take less than 15 minutes to complete, but some students may want to complete pages towards the back of the workbook over two days if experiencing frustration.

To whom would I recommend Handwriting Without Tears?

(Based on Learning Preferences and Three D’s I describe in earlier posts.)

Recommend for…

  • Students that do well with the Written WordSpoken Word, and Visual learning methods should do well with just the workbook. But students that need more Interactive or Physical methods of learning may need multi-sensory activities as described in the teacher’s guide.
  • Like most early-learning curricula, Handwriting Without Tears requires One-on-One teaching.

I would NOT recommend for…

Children that have not yet learned how to write in cursive or learned in a different style than taught in Handwriting Without Tears since familiarity with this style of cursive is assumed.

My Best Tips for Using Handwriting Without Tears

  • Keep a close eye on your student’s letter formation and connections between letters since it’s important to correct your student before they create bad habits.
  • Keep the lessons short, no more than 15 minutes.

Common Questions/FAQ About Handwriting Without Tears

Do I need the teacher’s manual/guide?

Yes, if your student needs multi-sensory activities as part of his/her handwriting curriculum.

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Handwriting Without Tears

This is one of my favorite of all the curricula we’ve used because it shows parents that have never taught handwriting how to teach this subject in a logical, stepwise manner that truly helps her child. I’m grateful that I found it!

handwriting without tears

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If using just the workbook, you can do handwriting three times a week and complete it in less than a school year. If using multi-sensory activities from the teacher’s guide, you may want to do handwriting more often.

What Should You Buy?

Necessary

Cursive Success – student workbook

Optional

Teacher Prep

If you plan to use the teacher’s guide, you’ll want to spend some time with it and plan out the activities you do in addition to the workbook. You will likely also have to make additional purchases.

But if you’re using just the workbook, most pages should be open and go. There are several “Spelling to Cursive” sections interspersed throughout the workbook that will require you to dictate and verbally spell words using letters that have been covered so far, so you may want to have words prepared in advance so that you don’t have to come up with them on-the-spot.

Student Time

Most of the pages should take less than 15 minutes to complete, but some students may want to complete pages towards the back of the workbook over two days if experiencing frustration.

To whom would I recommend Handwriting Without Tears?

(Based on Learning Preferences and Three D’s I describe in earlier posts.)

Recommend for…

  • Students that do well with the Written WordSpoken Word, and Visual learning methods should do well with just the workbook. But students that need more Interactive or Physical methods of learning may need multi-sensory activities as described in the teacher’s guide.
  • Like most early-learning curricula, Handwriting Without Tears requires One-on-One teaching.

I would NOT recommend for…

Children that have not yet learned how to write in cursive or learned in a different style than taught in Handwriting Without Tears since familiarity with this style of cursive is assumed.

My Best Tips for Using Handwriting Without Tears

  • Keep a close eye on your student’s letter formation and connections between letters since it’s important to correct your student before they create bad habits.
  • Keep the lessons short, no more than 15 minutes.

Common Questions/FAQ About Handwriting Without Tears

Do I need the teacher’s manual/guide?

Yes, if your student needs multi-sensory activities as part of his/her handwriting curriculum.

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Handwriting Without Tears

This is one of my favorite of all the curricula we’ve used because it shows parents that have never taught handwriting how to teach this subject in a logical, stepwise manner that truly helps her child. I’m grateful that I found it!

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