Handwriting Without Tears is a paper-based writing program that teaches children how to write by organizing letters into groups, such as Starting Corner Capitals, Center Starting Capitals and more . As part of its multi-sensory experience, the handwriting program also uses a chalkboard and the Wet-Dry-Try method to teach kids how to write. The Handwriting Without Tears app is a virtual adaptation of this popular handwriting system.
The Handwriting Without Tears app teaches children their capital letter and numbers by emphasizing proper letter formation. Just like the physical chalkboard provided in the writing program, the iPad app looks like a wood-bordered slate and includes a piece of chalk, a sponge and a paper towel. There's even a personalized audio coach Marcy that steps your child through the formation of each letter
The app follows the HWT method very closely and, in one mode, introduces the letters in groups such as the Frog Jump Capitals, Starting Corner Capitals and more. There's also a pick and practice mode that lets your child select any letter to write.
The Handwriting Without Tears Wet-Dry-Try app is available for the iPad 2 and the iPad 3. It costs $4.99 and includes capital letters and numbers. As for lower-case letters and cursive, the company says "we will be evaluating the incoming customer feedback on this app to help us sort out the need for lowercase letters and cursive."