I have recently began working with my intervention specialist to teach my students Handwriting Without Tears. So far, the children have really responded to it. Since I am not trained in HWT, Erin has leant me the book and CD. She comes in once a week and does an activity with the children in the morning class. Then I implement it in the afternoon.
The program combines letter play, body movements, music and more to teach students there letters. The way it works is you have a different letter each week and center activities around that letter. However, instead of teaching the letters in alphabetical order, you teach them in a developmentally appropriate order. For example, we started with L and just finished up with the letter F. This week, we are focusing on the letter E.
One of the activities my students really enjoy is making Mat Man. A song is played and we use various shapes to create him.
The creators of Handwriting Without Tears also have a program for Math. For more information about training, the program, or anything else, visit: http://www.hwtears.com/hwt