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Kely D.

Handwriting Without Tears Certifited Facilitator since 2001

Ashburn, VA (20148)

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Ms. Davis has been teaching the Handwriting Without Tears program as a level one Certified Facilitator in Loudoun County since 2001.

Patient, energetic and fun, Ms. Davis can help your pre K through 6th grader tackle the frustrating and challenging field of legible writing without the stress and tears they experience at home and at school.


Ms. Davis offers pre-school letter recognition play groups as well as invididual evaluations and tutoring for both mainstream and special needs children.

Lack of legible and timely handwriting can be extreamly detrimental to your childs grades as well as self esteem. Handwriting Without Tears can bring fun and a great sense of achievement to your child.

Services include: Handwriting, fine motor skills, phonics, letter recognition, spacial acuity and typing skills. Age 3 and 4 in playgroups and age 5 and up individual.

Handwriting Witout Tears (HWT):
Our easy-to-teach, easy-to-learn curriculum makes handwriting mastery joyful for students and their teachers.
Research supports the active teaching of handwriting. Recent findings demonstrate that writing by hand improves creative writing skills and fine motor skills. In fact, elementary students have been found to write more and faster by hand than when keyboarding.
And with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, the emphasis and expectations placed on classroom note-taking and expository writing in grades K–5 is greater than ever. (an exerpt from the HWT website)

Typing Skills:
Communicate faster and with more confidence with increased keyboarding skills. Currently the public school system can only provide one half of an elective to devote to this important lifetime skill. Children can be taught to type at a young age, making testing and paper writing much more stress free later in school. A playful group environment using games and drills and friendly competition can make learning fun and easy.

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Kely’s subjects

Corporate Training:
General Computer, Microsoft Word, Sign Language
Special Needs:
Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Sign Language
General Computer, Microsoft Word

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been teaching for 20 years, 14 of those in Loudoun County. The main focus of my work has been preschool through 7th grade in the subjects of Handwriting, Typing, Phonics and general computer skills. The public schools use me as a resource teacher going from school to school to teach 15 minutes of handwriting in each class and spending extra time in the special needs rooms. I offer at home tutoring on a daily basis and summer camps each summer. I also teach full classes at the preschool and elementary school level at all the local licenced community center schools for the county. I have a BFA.


I am a Level One Certified Facilitator for the Handwriting Without Tears Program (HWT).

HWT is a nationally recognized program designed by Jan Olsen.

HWT is ideal for mainstream and special needs children as well as adults who have lost the ability or knowledge to write or recognize letters and sounds.

Along with teaching older students formation of letters and numbers on paper, HWT helps the very young children (ages 3 and up) to associate the sounds of letters with thier forms and functions in a fun, child engaging manner.

Letter shapes are produced, traced, rubbed and played with as the children make up songs and funny sounds to go along with them. The children learn spacial orientation, terms such as top, bottom, corners, under, and over and also learn to turn thier 3d world into a 2d image.

Once all letters are recognized and have appropriate sounds attatched to them, the combinations are added to form words.
The charm of this program is that the learning is presented in the form of play, mimicry, and song.

My HWT program is broken into one evaluation session (for children over 5) and then 8 - 30 minute sessions, after acceptance into the program. Evaluation is billed at 75$ for the 30 minute time slot, then the 8 sessions charged at $300, plus materials (generally $12-15).

I have been teaching this program along with several other subjects in Loudoun County since 2001, in the county community centers as well as in a private home classroom setting with great success. For the last two years my waiting list has been too long to accept new students but I can happily say that I have expanded a bit to take in more.

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Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Rates are calculated by program: Up front Evaluation - $75 $300 for 8-30 minute sessions. Sessions take place every other day or twice a week.

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Kely will travel within 1 miles of Ashburn, VA 20148.

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