Wooden Alphabet

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Did you know that all of the upper case letters can be written with four simple strokes?  Yes, the letters can all be written with a combination of big lines, little lines, big curves or little curves.  It is with this beautifully simple notion that the Handwriting Without Tears program introduces children to handwriting.  Not only is HWT a wonderful program for schools to implement across the grades, they also have a parent friendly website and great activities that pre-school and early elementary age children can do at home.  What I have found very useful in using these materials with the girls is the common language it gives us.  Whenever one of them asks me how to write a specific letter I use the simple language from the program and they both understand exactly what I am trying say.  With this shared terminology I have noticed much less frustration when they are trying to write a letter they are not familiar with. HWT has a number of great hands-on activities for young children.  Our favorite is the wooden alphabet.

R is written with “a big line, a little curve and a little line”
Each card has a picture so that children can review the sound that each letter represents as well as the correct formation.

Our 5 year old used the wood pieces to review the proper number formation




With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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  1. We have been using the HWT workbooks since grade 1 for my eldest but I was considering the kindergarten programme for my youngest. You’ve convinced me! I think this kind of hands on learning would really suit him, thanks for this review : )

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