The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum teaches the easiest skills first and then builds on prior knowledge. Letters are taught in a sequence that makes sense developmentally: in groups of similar formation. After children master the easier letters, they are ready for more difficult letters in both print and cursive. It helps children develop their writing skills through multisensory play-based instruction. Activities with hands-on materials—Wood Pieces Set, Capital Letter Cards, Mat, CDs, Slate Chalkboard, and Blackboard—address different senses to teach correct formation, spacing, sequencing, and other writing skills.
Children move, touch, feel, and manipulate real objects as they learn the habits and skills essential for writing. Other multisensory lessons in the teachers’ guides use voices, letter stories, door tracing, imaginary writing, and mystery letters to teach letter formation and placement on lines.