As an Occupational Therapist I am very familiar with Handwriting Without Tears. I have attended their professional development workshops and have used their books and method for years. As a new iPad owner, the Wet-Dry-Try App was a completely new resource to me before this review.
An iPad has been on my wish list since I watched another therapist working with a student using one last year. My husband surprised me with one for Christmas, and I've enjoyed trying out games and educational apps for my own children as well as the students that I work with.
Though my son can already print, he does still need occasional cuing for proper letter formation. I thought this app would be a good review for him and a reinforcement for printing correctly. Each letter is demonstrated and the wording describes exactly how the child is to form the letter. "Watch for the clue about where to start each stroke."
The "wet" step involves tracing the correctly formed letter on a chalkboard using a small wet sponge. "Now dry the letter with the towel." The wet, dry, try method provides repetition of the proper movements for formation of each letter and number. The app imitates HWT's "wet, dry, try" method even uses tools that look like the real thing. Pictured below is the "dry" tracing using the crumpled bit of paper towel.
Some things in the app are not explained, though they are clear if you are already familiar with the HWT program. There is a smiley face at the top left of the "chalkboard" to remind children where to start their letters. The app is easy to understand and follow as a stand alone, however the complete HWT program would work best as additional reinforcement with their complete program. This app addresses proper formation of numbers and capital letters. I would like to see lower-case as well, and hope they have plans for developing that.
We received a copy of this app at no cost to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. Click to read more reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Other crew members have reviewed this app as well as HWT's Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade workbooks and teacher guides.