I usually don’t have a line of children anxiously waiting to work on their handwriting activity. Unfortunately, writing is usually an activity my children engage in with hesitation, especially handwriting, which can be monotonous. This past month things were different, though. Handwriting has been an enjoyable for all of us! My kids, ages 3-9 were all struggling to share and take turns using Handwriting Without Tears’ new App on my Android tablet.
Last month we received their new App, Wet-Dry-Try. Wet-Dry-Try is an electronic version of Handwriting Without Tears’ Slate Chalkboard activity. It is available on Google Play and the Apple Store for $4.99!
Wet-Dry-Try helps in helping children (PreK and Kindergarden) learn proper letter formation and encourages correct stroke sequence. The App focuses on capital letters and numbers. It also works great in helping remediate older children’s handwriting. It is easy to use and you see results quickly with as little as 15 minutes a day!
The program can be personalized for each user. My kids each had their own username under which their progress and settings were saved. They used the program one of two ways:
- Pick and Practice: They would practice each letter 3 times. Each time the sensitivity increased, making it more challenging. When using Pick and Practice the boys were able to practice. On the 3rd time they earned a winning card! My 6-year-old was able to collect winning cards for the whole alphabet!
- HTW’s Winning Order: When practicing the letters it is in a pre-set order, according to Handwriting Without Tear’s developmental teaching order.
- Jonah (6) while using it for the first time was excited! I asked him if he liked it and he said “I don’t like it, I love it! It is the most bestest thing in my whole life!”
- Elijah (8) “This might be just for little kids but it’s good for big kids too!”
How We Used It
We used the App on my 10.1 Android tablet. I used it with each of my children everyday. Though you only need to use it for 15 minutes per day, I did not need to worry about this with any of my children. My kids would use it for about 30 minutes and I would have to make sure that they would give their sibling their turn.
I had my 3-year-old use it during the older boys’ lessons. We also used it while out running errands or while piano or gymnastics lessons. Some days I would do the activity with my 3-year-old, and review letter recognition.
Wet-Dry-Try worked great for our family because it was designed both for early writers (preK and K) and remediation for older children:
- My 3-year-old found it fun and entertaining and it helped him with both handwriting and solidify letter recognition.
- It was great for my 6-year-old because it was not as tedious as holding a pencil can be, so he practiced for a much longer time than he would have otherwise. He actually worked through the whole program, both letters and numbers) hoping to move on to cursive. Sadly, he has to wait, because it is not yet available.
- I loved it for my two older boys! I took advantage of their enthusiasm and had them work on numbers and letters they struggle with.
What I Liked
- This is a program even my 3-year-old can do independently!
- Because of the mobile option it’s an activity we can do anywhere (the car, during sibling’s practice, etc)
- I loved the engaging and interactive voice commands! The coaching and immediate feedback!
- The rewards system made the lesson fun and kept my boys coming back for more!
Handwriting Without Tears is a program I have used since my oldest was 3 years old. I am very pleased with this addition to the product line! I am excited to take advantage of my boys love of electronics and with it making handwriting a more enjoyable process!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product 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.