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Monday, February 25, 2013

Handwriting Without Tears ~ a TOS review



 

McKenzie, who is my 3yr old preschooler, is just learning to form her letters and the sounds they make. We have used many products to find the right fit for her learning style, none that were just right. I was so excited to find out we were selected to try Handwriting Without Tears new app called Wet Dry Try, it fits the bill perfectly and she requests to "learn her letters" frequently.


Handwriting Without Tear's is a well known company in the homeschool circle. My older girls have never struggled with handwriting so I will admit they we have never used their products before this review. The WetDryTry app we used for review is based off of the HWT'S slate chalkboard used in the full curriculum program and covers the uppercase letters and numbers.

   
The app has the following features:
~ allows up to 4 separate student profiles
~ choice of HWT'S "Winning Order" or "Pick & Practice" mode
~ teaches capital letter and number formations
~ 3 levels of difficulty per each letter for mastery
~ 2 stroke tolerance sensitivity options ~ easy or challenging
         ~ economically priced at $4.99

 
The app simulates the slate chalkboard by first demonstrating the letter and the correct formation. Next the child is to practice the letter three times, first with a sponge (wet), next with a towel (dry), and finally with a piece of chalk (try). When this 4 step process is complete McKenzie would earn a star. After completing the individual letter three times with greater difficulty McKenzie would earn her letter card.

 
McKenzie used the iPad for this review as it was not available on the Kindle Fire. However, the app does work on other Android devices with a screen size of 7" or larger. Overall, McKenzie and I are extremely please with this app! She has worked very hard and mastered 6 of her letters and she can also write the first letter of her name, "F" by herself. She writes F's everywhere including her sisters papers which they are not too excited about, but she is so proud of her letter!

I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for letter practice or just a different approach to learning letters. For $4.99 you can not go wrong! Be sure to check out what my Crewmates thought of the app and also the hard copy books that were up for review also By clicking the banner below.

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Product ~ WetDryTry app
Price ~ $4.99
Ages ~ PreK- 8yrs
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of WetDryTry app from Handwriting Without Tears through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
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