Part 1 of 3: Learning Without Tears – Get Set for School

From Lauren B., Lead Teacher, Sharon Cooperative School, Room 12

The Cooperative Learning Community’s child-driven curriculum has adopted the Learning Without Tears- Get Set For School writing curriculum. This curriculum compliments our hands-on learning experiences and is integrated into the classroom environments, which will be shared with families on ParentSquare.

“When will my child write?” is a common question asked at home-school conferences.  Here are a few ways that you can help at home to start the writing process. Strengthening the hands and fingers is an important first step.

  • Do finger plays
  • Cut or tear pictures out of magazines and newspapers
  • Hide objects in play dough and have children find them
  • Draw, color, paint, write on vertical or slanted surfaces (put paper on easels, mirrors, windows, walls and refrigerators)– When a child’s arms and hands are positioned upward, working against gravity, they are building strength in their shoulders and arms.  Also, a child’s wrist is forced into a neutral position that is used when the child begins to write.
  • Bring them to the playground– The climbing equipment there helps children develop the strength and coordination required for fine motor skills.
  • Provide toys that require them to use hand skills to move pieces, manipulate parts, or snap things together (small Legos, Light Bright, K’Nex, etc. )

Doing these activities will help strengthen your child’s motor development and hand skills, which will prepare them for writing.  For more information and resources about Learning Without Tears, please visit