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Handwriting Without Tears iPad App, Wet-Dry-Try

Many of you know that I’m a big technology fan when it comes to education. I’m also a huge fan of Handwriting Without Tears, so when this Wet-Dry-Try App came up on the Review Crew I knew I had to check it out, I think I practically begged for it.

Handwriting Without Tears has been around for over 30 years, and is one of the most economical and simple programs a homeschool mom could have in her curriculum arsenal. Over the years they have freshened up their program with innovative additions, and now they have gone hi-tech. The Wet-Dry-Try App is compatible for both Android and iPad with a minimum 7 inch screen, and is reasonably priced at $4.99. With this app your child can practice handwriting the capital letters of the alphabet and numbers 0-9.

This app has two separate programs, Pick and Practice where you pick whichever letter or number you want to work on, or HWT’s Winning Order which is the preferred order for teaching capitals in the Handwriting Without Tears program. If you’re just starting out Winning Order is the way to go. Each letter is locked until the previous one is mastered. Save the Pick and Practice until some letters have been mastered. This will keep the frustration level for beginners at a minimum.

Another important feature are the parental settings. You can create a separate account for up to 4 children. You can customize each account making it either more or less challenging depending on your child’s needs.

Pick and Practice

Each of the programs work the same way. Once a letter or number is selected (I’ll chose 6), a child-like voice explains how to draw the 6 starting at the top and where to make the curves . The child is then instructed to outline the number, and a purple sponge appears. Next, they are asked to “dry the number with the towel.” A little white wad of tissue is used to cover the outline. After that a piece of chalk appears and the child again traces the 6. If a stray mark is made, the child is instructed to start over, after 3 incorrect marks, the program once again demonstrates how to correctly write the 6. Once the number has been written with the chalk, the child is awarded a star. After 3 stars, the child receives a number card, meaning they have successfully mastered that number. After each star is earned, less clues are given about how to write the number.

HWT Winning Order

Now I don’t have a little one, but Buttercup and I played with this app, and we found it sort of memorizing. It was really fun, I killed the music and vocals, but I do that on every app and game. Buttercup has handwriting problems and needs the practice. She found this helpful and was entertained for a while. Of course she is 13 and grew bored quickly. Younger children will find this more entertaining. She also found using a stylus to be beneficial and more like actual writing. 

Handwriting Without Tears Wet-Dry-Try App is well worth the money. Buttercup’s only complaint is no lower case letters. Maybe that will be next on HWT’s list.


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.


About rcwriter

Being a freelance writer, book reviewer, dedicated mom, and popular teacher at her homeschool support group—Renewed Moms Ministry keeps Rhonda Clark extremely busy. She writes most all of her own curriculum for her classes that have varied from elementary science, to middle school history and literature, to high school computer. Her middle school history class, A Renaissance World, will be featured at fall of 2014. When not shuttling her daughter to soccer, archery, bowling, or any other number of endless activities, she devotes time to writing homeschool curriculum and her first novel. Scrapbooking, paper crafting, and reading are downtime activities, but the one thing she enjoys most is spending time with her husband of 20 years. They have two children, a college age son, and a high school age daughter. God blessed Rhonda with a quirky and funky sense of humor. This combines with down home charm, and allows her to connect to readers as a friend. With an ability to put a fresh twist on basic thoughts and Biblical teachings she brings a new perspective to her audience.

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