I was looking for something to use with Sir N as his hand writing is not the best and I have chosen this year to work on his letter formation as he tends to write some of his letters in the incorrect 'order' as well as reverse some of his numbers when doing math. He loves playing on my Galaxy Tab2 so decided to try out the Wet-Dry-Try app.
At first he was a little frustrated as I had set the stroke tolerance on challenging. Using the app on this setting made him slow down and be more particular in forming his letters which is what I really needed. Within a couple of days I already noticed an improvement in his handwriting. He started forming his letters a lot neater and with more care. Once he realized he needed to slow down and take care he enjoyed unlocking cards.
How it Works
- The 'teacher' draws the letter while coaching the student on the order of the stroke
- The student uses the 'wet' sponge to wipe away the letter.
- The student uses the tissue to dry the board
- Now the student writes the letter using the chalk
Why Handwriting ?
Some people ask why should we work on hand writing skills in an era when typing seems the way to go? Good question. I did some research and found an interesting article on How Handwriting Trains the Brain and impacts brain function published in The Wall Street Journal in 2010. The article spoke about studies are showing that writing by hand
- engages the brain in learning
- the specific movements memorized when learning how to write aid visual identification
- activated massive regions involved in thinking, language and working memory—the system for temporarily storing and managing information.
About the App
- Three levels of learning for each letter and numeral
- The ability to lock in a level of play/learning
- Visual and auditory feedback for each level.
- Parental settings allow you total audio control (Background Music, Voice Instruction, Sound Affects)
- Instant feed back and gentle consistent coaching.
- The ability to set the sensitivity level (two levels: challenge or easy)
- Two modes
- Pick and Practice- In this mode the student chooses the letter / number they want to work on.
- Winning Order - This mode organizes the letters in HWT developmental teaching order.
- A personal instructor coaches the student through the order of writing each letter.
Where to purchase**
Prices are shown in US $
- Wet Dry Try from Handwriting Without Tears over at OT's with Apps
- 2013 Schoolhouse Review Crew over at Schoolhouse Review