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Penmanship: The Art of Teaching Handwriting

Updated on March 16, 2015

How to hold a pen!

Proper Grip
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Teaching Beginning Cursive

As a child I remember Mrs. Thompson, my first grade teacher, gently putting her hand over mine; guiding me in forming the letters. We wrote on green lined paper with dotted lines down the middle. After we had practiced for a whole week we were allowed to use the white paper to prove how beautiful our handwriting was becoming. We made sticks and balls and from a to z we learned to print.

When I taught in Costa Rica, I learned a method for teaching cursive. We learned not to go from a to z but to start with strokes. We learned letter e with l and letter i with t. Letter c was an ocean wave and as we learned each letter we began to put them together to spell words. It was here in Costa Rica that I fell in love with handwriting and teaching it to children.

Since then I have taught many, many children how to write and have gone from just paper and pencil to activities that involve texture, artistry and physical movement. It's fun to learn to write in cursive...

Teaching Cursive

Fun Handwriting Activities

Practicing Penmanship
Practicing Penmanship | Source

Writing Tools and Surfaces

Materials for Teaching how to write in Cursive ...

The basic materials needed to learn to write are simply a writing tool and a surface to write on. Of course you can start with a paper and pencil but I prefer chalk and a chalkboard. Standing up and writing with big motions is exciting for children and it helps them to feel the strokes of the letters with their entire bodies.

I introduce a new letter to the whole group as they stand near the board. I remind then of how to make the strokes that they may be having difficulty with. Then I show them how to connect the new letter with letters we have learned before.

I then ask several children at a time to come to the board and write the letters in large sweeping motions until they get the flow and feel of the letter.

The rest of the children are paired on the rug practicing the letters on each other's backs, an activity they love which keeps them on task as they wait for their turns at the board.

Most children get the idea quickly and are given permission to begin writing on practice paper. Several children need extra help. I choose one of these children for each group and place my hand over theirs until they can feel the motion. Sometimes having them close their eyes can help. These are the kids that I keep a careful eye on to make sure they are not developing bad habits.

I have many other materials available in handwriting centers around the room which can be used as soon as the children have finished their paper and pencil practice.

Journal Writing

Boy Writing in Notebook
Boy Writing in Notebook | Source

Cursive Alphabet Bulletin Board Set - Display the Cursive Alphabet

Few classrooms these days have the alphabet posted over the blackboard. So when I am substituting I find it difficult to help children when they forget how to form individual letters. I would like to propose that we return the cursive alphabet back to its proper position above the chalk board where all can see it.

How to form the letter e in cursive

Letter e
Letter e | Source

Cursive Letter e

Demonstrating how to form the letter e.

First I demonstrate how to form the letter. When teaching cursive, for example, I often start with the letter e. We point to the letters of the alphabet and recite the Alphabet song. We then repeat it until we get to the letter e. We quickly mention the sounds that the letter e makes and then point out that the letter e starts at the bottom line, curves to to the middle line and then curves back to the bottom line.

Practicing Cursive

Handwriting Practice
Handwriting Practice | Source

Writing Cursive Letter E - Writing Cursive Letter L

Writing Letter E
Writing Letter E | Source

Pointed letters vs. Flowing letters - Teaching Penmanship

Letters in Cursive
Letters in Cursive | Source

Which letters should you begin with when teaching cursive?

I chose letters u, i and t because they are easy to form and so much fun to dot and cross.

Some people, however, like to begin with the letters e and l.

I also chose the first letters because of the number of words that could be formed with just those three letters.

When you choose the letters you would like to first teach your children, think about the words that could be formed with them.

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Words with u, i and t include it (in English) tu (in Spanish) and ti (in French)

Words with e and l include el (in Spanish) or le (in French)

Once your children have mastered all five letters they can write the words tell, till, lull, let, lit, tile, tule, lute, etc.

U, I, and T

U, I, and T

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    • Princess 3 months ago

      So interesting. I know how to write cursive now!

    • love to read 5 months ago

      this is very interesting

    • Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I recall my early years of cursive writing and I believe we started with the o. But I also remember u,i,and t. because of the lined paper which we had used.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I remember a few years ago finding online a free pdf of a journal article that was written around the 1950s(?) by a male writer about teaching cursive writing to esl students. I don't remember the title of the article but it was roughly "teaching cursive writing to esl students". I have looked for it for a while but can't seem to find it again. Does anyone know of this particular article, title and author? I believe the letter order is the same as stated here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      i write like this anyway

    • Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I never did the cursives but if I would (and I might after reading this great information) I'd start with the first letters of the alphabet I guess, I might change my opinion of course!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I would do it step by step.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i think i should start teaching in A,B,C and D that would be enough for them

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i think i should practice the letters d,b and y.

    • Michelllle 4 years ago

      Definitely i. Love the dots.

    • Kay 4 years ago

      We start with the vowels, i always being first.

    • Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      I've never had to teach anyone to write in cursive and sadly today it is a lost art. I guess if I had to select one I would select the u, i and t.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think its important to drill the 4 basic shapes of cursive by teaching the upper and lowercase o/O Once one has mastered these slanted circles and then divided them into quarters you have every line required for every cursive letter and proper penmanship. It only remains to teach how the 8 line segments should be placed together.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think I should practice the letters l, q, z and r. These are a little harder and I am rough in those areas, so I will continue practicing these. I hope my results will transform my old, sloppy cursive into a nice, elegant style.

    • OUTFOXprevention1 4 years ago

      I agree

    • PennyHowe 4 years ago

      Love your philosophy. I agree.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Cursive is actually my natural handwriting!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      hello

    • nikitakapoor 5 years ago

      I feel cursive letters seem to be more elegant.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      vowels. a e i o u and if u want. y. vowels are mostly in every word. a is the most common. so start with a

    • getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      doing these letters in cursive seem to be easier to learn

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p,q,r,s,t,u,v,w,x,y,z

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      teacher teaching the children to write cursive i Like to cursive and draw

      and amazing so amasing

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      this was awsome

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      happy valentines day

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy Valentine's Day

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      A,c,e,h, and y. They seem to be simpler beyond most of the others.

    • WhitU4ever 5 years ago

      Will begin teaching this soon.

    • Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I honestly can't say. I taught my daughter cursive about 25 years ago, Before she could even print, she used to "take notes" by making row after row of what would be more like m's, only her "humps" would extend the entire width of the page. What letter is that? LOL!

    • Joan4 5 years ago

      I remember loving the A. but I have to agree that u, i, and t make sense! Those are fun letters to make.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      lets wright i,q,g,j,t,d,b,s,x,and h in cursive.

    • mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      u, i, ant t for sure. Learn to cross those t's

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      peace of cakee

    • pd6914 5 years ago

      I learned my name first.

    • Rammelfirdaus 5 years ago

      easiest to start.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      a to z

    • SophiaPark 6 years ago

      Love it!

    E and L,

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      • Evelyn Saenz 2 years ago from Royalton

        and are grateful for the hands-on suggestions.

      • Evelyn Saenz 2 years ago from Royalton

        Thank you, Daphne. I have taught many children over the years who have loved learning to write in cursive. I find now that cursive is being phased out in the schools, not only do the children want to learn it, but the teachers as well. Some of the younger teachers never really learned cursive either.

      • daphne 2 years ago

        I liked this method of yours its really good

      • Lucy Bieri 3 years ago from Switzerland

        I think letter l, Its easier to write.Every child can write that even in their first day of writing.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I'm a french teacher and I'm used to teach preK how to write with cursives letters. I always begin with e and l (in french, you could write le (the) and elle (she) under corresponding pictures ...). Then, because they derivate from the loops (narrowed loops), I teach i u t (and we could write il (he), tuile (tile), tilleul (a tree) and tl (abreviate word for TV))...

        A French langage doctor had worked on the way the letters are derivated from the first loop, she's called Danielle Dumont. Most of my 6 years students (at the end of the school year) could get an automatised cursive handwriting (and dyspraxic people can write...)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        e and I

      • mrdata 4 years ago

        I will start with "e" and "i".

      • Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Starting with "e" and "l" gives students confidence and also provides the basis for writing many different words.But all five are important foundations.

      • SurvivalFood1 4 years ago

        the loopy ones

      • phektiong 4 years ago

        Definitely e and l, cause it's easier...

      • CatarinaAz 4 years ago

        I think "e" and "l", because the way you can draw those letters is very similar.

      • BrendanSanlatte 4 years ago

        I think e is one of the easiest letters to learn... it's also the most used letter!

      • Tahamtan 5 years ago

        Well! I find it simpler.

      • mindlessnin 5 years ago

        with e and l, you could start off with a very simple stroke then end up with more complicated ones with tthem

      • bjesparza 5 years ago

        The "L"!

      • Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

        Much to my surprise they never taught my children how to write cursive other than their signature. I had to teach them myself and now they never use it anyway.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        lelelelelele

      • dariameister 5 years ago

        Suppose these are easier??

      • Kay 5 years ago

        Whichever ones are in our Handwriting Without Tears books!

      • William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

        Easy ones first... ;-)

      • miaponzo 5 years ago

        I think e and l.. but I think we did all of them together when I was a kid :) starting with a

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        unique

      • navalava lm 5 years ago

        I taught it first.:)

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        yea

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        yea

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        EL

      • Showpup LM 5 years ago

        When homeschooling our boys, I went with the letter e first as it was easier for them to get the idea and flow of the letter. It also looks much like its printed version.

      • Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

        Kids love letters with some meaning. So if one have name starting with E, go with E!

      • RobininColorado 5 years ago

        e, l, c and f. :) Awesome lens!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I would pick the easiest letter within the name of the child, this way it is relevant to them...

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I, too, start with lowercase e and l. Then I do the "pointy" letters: lowercase i, t, u, v, w. Then we go to words using these letters (there are a lot of them) and we also practice joinings using these letters from words in our work. E.g. if we are reading the word, "eligible", we might practice "el" "eli" "li" and "le" as "word parts," since we'll likely use those parts a lot.

        When I taught 3rd grade, we would also practice cursive on desktops, using our forefinger in shaving cream. This way, kids could learn the shape and flow of the letters, even if they still lacked good fine motor skills. Sometimes kids get frustrated, because their brains know what to do, but their little fingers don't cooperate. This way, we can get to both brains and fingers.

      • ellagis 5 years ago

        I would start with a, but between those you suggested I think e is the easiest.

      • MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

        Start with e and i, then move on to u and t.

      • NidhiRajat 6 years ago

        with e and i

      Girl Writing on the Wall

      Drawing or Writing on the Wall
      Drawing or Writing on the Wall | Source

      Cursive Letters in the Air Writing Cursive Letters on your Partner's Back

      Next we practice writing the letter in the air while pointing to the letter that I wrote on the board.

      Writing in the air helps the children internalize the motions involved in making the letters. Saying the sounds aloud reinforces the letter sound relationship and will help them as they learn to read and spell words.

      • We write it very large with very large motions and each time we form the letter in the air we say the sound of the letter, in this case a short e sound.
      • Next, I have all the children find a partner and write the letter on each others backs.
      • Then they turn around and it's the child's turn.

      Writing in Cursive

      Practicing Cursive
      Practicing Cursive | Source

      Practicing Cursive Letters on Paper

      Moving on to Handwriting Learning Centers

      Now I give each of the children a chance to write the letter

      on the board.

      I check each of the children individually to make sure that they have understood how to form the letters and that they start at the bottom line, touch the middle line and then curve back down to the bottom line.

      Those who are able to form the letter correctly are allowed to take a paper and pencil to practice at their desks. Those who are having difficulty work longer with me at the board. Any child that finishes writing on their paper can choose one of the handwriting centers set up around the room.

      I have 6 to 10 handwriting centers set up around the room. I allow 2 - 4 children at a center and they are allowed to clean up and then change centers at will.

      The Palmer Method - Watch the Cursive Letters being Formed

      There are several different styles of handwriting that have traditionally been taught. Many use the D'Nealian or Zaner Bloser methods but one of the most elegant methods is the Palmer Method. People who learned with the Palmer Method have beautiful handwriting. Come try the Palmer Method...

      Cursive Letter Order - In which order do you teach letters in cursive?

      Teaching Letters in Cursive

      I don't teach the letters in order from A to Z; instead, I teach them according to the type of strokes that are used to form each letter.

      I first teach u, i, and t.

      These are the simplest letters and when the children practice them they can write the words it and the Spanish word for you: tu. Point out to the children that they do not pick up their pencils until the have finished the whole word and then go back to dot the i's and cross the t's and that you use a backward stroke to cross the t's.

      Children love to write long lines of i's and t's and then go back to dot and cross their t's.

      Letter e in Cursive

      Letter e
      Letter e | Source

      Teaching Letters c, a, and d

      Then I teach the letters c, a, and d.

      I tell the children that the letter c looks like an ocean wave and as we form the letter we chant ocean wave. Notice that the letter c starts at the bottom line, curves up to the middle line and then tips halfway over before tracing it's way back exactly along the first line and then continues the curve down touching the bottom line and reaches out for the next letter.

      The letter a is just like the c except that it ends with the same stroke as the letter c.

      The letter d is just like the a but continues up above the middle line.

      Note that the letters d and t both stop half way between the middle line and the top line and are the only letters to do that.

      Finally we go on to letters n and m. These are confusing to children because they each have one more hump than they do in print.

      Now we go back and pick up the letters that combine shapes.

      h and k Be sure they go all the way to the top line.

      Then f is the first letter to go below the line. Be sure it has a straight back all the way from the top to the bottom. With q which has the same kind of tail as the f.

      x,y and z all start with humps like an n'

      r and s start like an i.

      Up to this point all the letters reach their hands out at the bottom to hold hands with the next letter in the word but now we go on to the ones who hold their hands at the top.

      b and w . o and v.

      These last four take lots of practice as the children learn how to connect them to letters that follow.

      Now you're ready for the Capitals!

      Which textbooks to use for teaching cursive? - Which are the best workbooks for teaching cursive?

      Writing in Kindergarten
      Writing in Kindergarten | Source

      Books for Teaching Cursive

      There are books that offer page by page instructions in how to teach cursive. It can be very helpful to use a textbook as a guide. It will help you to teach each letter in a uniform way.

      For the children, however, this is the most boring way, and often leads to certain children never mastering the art of cursive writing. I suggest using these books only as a guide for the teacher.

      Rather than following along page after page in a book, write words and sentences of interest to your child. Try to use only the letters that you have introduced so far. In the beginning you will only be able to write words. Once you have taught the letter a in cursive it is simple to teach the capital letter A which is just twice as high as the small letter a. Suddenly you are able to write whole sentences beginning with the word A.

      You could write A cat can nap. or make it even more exciting. A cat is not an apple pie.

      How to make the Letter f in Cursive - Teaching the Letter f

      One of the most difficult letters to form is the letter f. The key is to make sure that it has a long straight back. There are so many curves in cursive that people tend to curve the back and then wonder why their cursive looks odd or babyish. Notice how the letter f is formed on the chart by Jan Brett.

      Learning Letter F f in Cursive

      Jan Brett's Cursive Letter F f
      Jan Brett's Cursive Letter F f | Source

      Letter F in Cursive Worksheet

      Practicing Letter F in Cursive
      Practicing Letter F in Cursive | Source

      Penmanship Learning Center

      I love Jan Brett's beautiful illustrations and the children love the animal themes.

      Turn these beautiful pieces of art into a Penmanship Learning Center:

      • Copy each letter of the alphabet onto cardstock
      • Laminate them

      The children can practice tracing the letters using dry erase markers or grease pens.

      Cursive Practice Cards

      Cards for Practicing Cursive
      Cards for Practicing Cursive | Source

      Cursive Card Learning Center

      Laminate these cursive cards and you will be able to practice your cursive by tracing the letters over and over. Once your child has learned to form these letters you can begin to combine them to form words. This will probably go pretty well until you get to the letters that reach their hands over on the top.

      If your child is having trouble with letters o, b, w and v, consider making your own laminated cards with words such as look, book, love, wool, broom, vroom, woven, wrote.

      Writing the Letter G - Learning to write Letter G

      Tracing the Letter G
      Tracing the Letter G | Source

      Zaner Bloser Cursive - Handwriting Practice Booklet

      Cursive Workbook
      Cursive Workbook | Source

      Copperplate Script or English Round Hand - Old Fashioned Handwriting

      This is the style of handwriting taught during the 19th Century. Australia adopted a more modern style in 1960. People in the United States will notice that the Decoration of Independence was written in Copperplate Script.

      This video demonstrates how to write the capital letters including variations in English Round Hand.

      Handwriting Without Tears

      Handwriting Without Tears Blocks
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      Handwriting Without Tears

      I have to say that I have mixed feelings about including Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum since it seems to be a dumbed down version of the beautiful cursive that I grew up with, but many of you have mentioned it, liked it and swear by it. Handwriting Without Tears is also being used in the school where I teach so I hope to be able to give you a well thought out review of the program. So far I do like the activities, materials and approach to teaching letters to kindergärtners.

      There are four magnetic pieces that can be used to make each of the capital letters in print and most of the small letters. The children like to manipulate the long and short lines as well as the small and big curves.

      The Importance of Teaching Good Handwriting - Is handwriting still important?

      The other day I went to the doctor's office and she handed me a list of things she wanted me to do to improve my health. I looked at the list and it was completely illegible. I even asked her secretary to translate it for me and the secretary had to go to the doctor to find out what it said.

      Don't you think that your doctor should have good handwriting?

      Is it still important to teach good handwriting?

      No, handwriting is not that important anymore.

      No, handwriting is not that important anymore.

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        • anonymous 5 years ago

          happy birthday ansley marissa cobb

        • Zut Moon 5 years ago

          I don't think so .. not day by day but only as a (lost) art.

        • Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

          In most cases not anymore, our writing is pretty much digitized...

        • hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

          i really don't know. it seem if you are getting your point across appropriately, it doesn't really matter how...

        • iRenew 6 years ago

          Writing is used to communicate, and as some have pointed out, a lot of people aren't learning to READ cursive writing. If you want to learn to write faster for yourself, shorthand is probably a better choice.

        • Sami4u LM 6 years ago

          Hi,

          I never learned cursive. I see no reason for it.

        • Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

          I think neat handwriting in important, but cursive isn't used enough anymore so people can't read it, making it a bit useless

        • tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

          Well, not really. My husband and I both gave up cursive a long time ago. He writes in block capital letters (a habit from an architecture course he took), and I have a speed print that has a few cursive elements. Being able to read it is important, but as long as one has a legible hand, print or cursive is a choice.

        Yes, people need good handwriting skills.

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          • Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

            Yes, when the computer is down you need to know printing and cursive.

          • anonymous 3 years ago

            our brain learn better when the words are handwritten...

          • anonymous 3 years ago

            Yes

          • anonymous 3 years ago

            And what if touch screes will raise a new trend in everyday handwriting, cursive or not. And with different apps, both can be used in emails, teweets, etc..

            Apple iBook: THE DIGITAL RISE OF HANDWRITING AND ILLUSTRATION

          • Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

            It is a MUST to teach good handwriting, because it makes you understand languages better, you give what you write attention. It would be terrible if people wouldn't be able to write a postcard or so. Handwriting makes what you write personal, it breathes a part of who you are!

          • Michelllle 4 years ago

            Yes Very hard to fit it in the curriculum.

          • Michelllle 4 years ago

            Yes. But it is harder to find the time in the day to do it.

          • MikeRobbers LM 4 years ago

            I wish I would have learned to write in cursive style .. I would love to start learning now actually :)

          • techmom 4 years ago

            Yes, because if your handwriting is illegible, no one can read it!

          • Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

            Yes, I think it is important to have good handwriting but as I have all ready said, it is a lost art.

          • mrdata 4 years ago

            Yes! I love handwriting...

          • Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

            I wish I had been taught good handwriting when I was young. I attended a French school where we were taught penmanship with a lot of flourishes that was not very legible. To this day I don't like my handwriting, although I still do write holiday cards and some letters by hand. You have inspired me to work on my penmanship!

          • Rose Jones 4 years ago

            Although we have a right to have our own unique handwriting style - it shows our personality - there is something to be said for having the skills to communicate with others clearly.

          • PennyHowe 4 years ago

            Even with today's technology, I think it will always be important to have good handwriting skills.

          • CatarinaAz 4 years ago

            Absolutely! My Mother has a beautiful handwriting because she learned the old method style ...The good one

          • maryLuu 4 years ago

            We all have to know how to write by hand!

          • anonymous 4 years ago

            very much so

          • Ronald Tucker 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

            Good penmanship should be taught and practiced constantly...your 'signature" is you!

            I think about the many documents that I sign as an adult such checks, payroll checks, insurance documents, drivers license, greeting cards, credit cards, etc. Having a legible handwriting is very important skill to have.

          • sunny saib 4 years ago

            Computer are computers but we will always need pens. I used to type for a writer and he had the worst handwriting ever! And somehow he used to feel proud when I'd tell him it took me an hour to figure out a word from a figure.

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            Perfect example typing on my iPad, the darn thing autocorrected the word "are" when I would clearly have written - in long hand - "our."

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            No wonder are children do so poorly on international testing - we continually dumb them down and dash to see who the next pedagogical genious is that justifies the next lowering of the bar.

            Maybe we should get rid of formal grammar next. Who needs to speak properly anymore?

          • jlshernandez 5 years ago

            Penmanship is becoming a lost art but I still believe this should be taught in school. Not everyone send e-mails and text. I still like to send handwritten tahnk-you notes.

          • Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

            I believe handwriting will become a artform, children today are encouraged to learn keyboarding over cursive handwriting. I still believe it is important to learn the art of handwriting.

          • Diva2Mom 5 years ago

            Will be nice! It makes it more interesting for me to read letters that are nicely-handwritten by someone. It intensifies the beauty of the letter's content even more, haha :) But I barely write :) Great lens! Thanks for sharing! God bless. Thanks to Dellgirl for tweeting this and it caught my eyes and visited you. I'm glad I did. Thank you Dellgirl!

          • mindlessnin 5 years ago

            yes, this may be the age of computers but having good handwriting could still be of use in many ways...

          • bjesparza 5 years ago

            Yes, because it then may make everything else in their school better

          • Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

            I can't believe how badly some people write. It's hardly readable.

          • Kumar P S 5 years ago

            Definitely.

          • dariameister 5 years ago

            Definitely

          • William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

            Yes... I certainly hope it does not 'go away!'

          • miaponzo 5 years ago

            Absolutely.. handwriting is very important!

          • Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

            I'm so glad to see that someone thinks teaching handwriting IS important. Too often mistakes are made because of an error in reading someone's handwriting. I remember practicing penmanship in school and it's a discipline that became ingrained as I grew up. Oddly enough, I rarely handwrite anything these days. :-) But I still believe this craft should be taught.

          • Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

            I think it is after reading horrible handwriting!

          • candy47 5 years ago

            I think good handwriting is essential and it's something to take pride in.

          • Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

            Yes, it is very important. Even though we use computers and cell phones, people still need to know how to write. A lot of teenagers can't even read cursive, much less write it.

          • elizabethknows lm 5 years ago

            I say it is for the sake of writing ones name. My mother on the other hand prefers handwritten documents. I guess it truly depends on the person. Nice article!

          • Buchamar 5 years ago

            Definitely!

          • JollyJ 5 years ago

            yes, I think - good handwriting is still important

          • Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

            Regardless of how far along in a digital age, I still think it's important to teach handwriting. After all, it's an extension of you and your personality!

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            Yes,...I have to admit my handwriting is terrible and during exams it is important that you write clearly

          • ITCoach LM 5 years ago

            Great information that you shared with us.Thanks

          • Showpup LM 5 years ago

            Absolutely!

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            Writing in cursive strengthens the part of the brain that is used to read and speak clearly. Typing allows us to produce more material at a faster rate, but I think that it is more important that we improve our own minds so that we can contribute to society. Check out "The Brain that Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge. You won't regret it.

          • Buchamar 5 years ago

            Absolutely!

          • Buchamar 5 years ago

            absolutely!

          • Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

            Absolutely! Unfortunately, it is rare to see someone with good penmanship. And when people see poor penmanship, they may automatically, albeit incorrectly, assume that the writer is uneducated.

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            I really wanted to say yest to this, and I am, but I know I could survive just fine typing everything. I have never had to write anything for work with pen and pencil except notes for myself and tax forms. I know plenty of people who still like to write letters, and we often have forms to fill out. I have to fill out prescription requests at the pharmacy. My husband and I sometimes run across guest books when hiking or visiting a museum or art gallery. We filled out an aunt and uncle's guest book for their beach house. Some voting ballots are still on paper, and if you want to have your write-in vote count, it's gotta be legible. You gotta write a little note in birthday cards and other things like that. People write their phone numbers and addresses and e-mails down for you on scrap paper. I wish my handwriting was legible!

          • sustainableartist 5 years ago

            I think handwriting can be extremely rewarding, and can be necessary for people like doctors writing prescriptions. Also, if the power goes it :)

          • Joan4 5 years ago

            In our area, the trend is to stop teaching cursive in the public schools and I find that terrifying. What in the world will people do about signatures in the future? I think handwriting is extremely important for our children.

          • Kristin 5 years ago from Long Beach, CA

            Even in this computer age, nice, legible handwriting is very important. If you need to write something, it's kind of a good idea if others, or you yourself, can read your handwriting. Besides, if you can't write in cursive, how are you going to sign your name??

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            Hand writing is extremely important. Communication is the key. One day all the satellites will go down (as per Blackberry recently) and if we forget our writing skills, we will be in dire trouble. Typing is fine... but we need to know how to form the letters and put them on paper so they are readable.

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            Absolutely yes!!!! As the granddaughter of one of America's greatest handwriting experts, I believe children must be taught to use the small muscles of their hands, have the tactile sensations of creating something without the use of a computer- cutting shapes,etc. & have the chance to interact creatively with their hearts, minds, bodies in a way no computer could ever afford. What if there is a need for a Rossetta stone for "ancient artifacts" of the 20th C.?vWhere will we find forensic experts to tell original work from forgeries? Or Heaven forbid... the electricity goes out or the mother board crashes................

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            Yes -- if only for being able to read primary source documents in history. But, with the widespread use of tablets, folks can write right on their mobile device, so it will never go totally out of style.

          • mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

            I say yes, yes, yes. I pride myself in my handwriting and still write letters and mail them (while the postal service is still in business). It is much nicer and personal to write a letter rather than type one. The art of good penmanship I feel is quickly fading away. I miss the old fountain pens also.

          • Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

            As a teacher/librarian myself, I think this is absolutely important. Everyone needs to be able to read one's writing--even if it is a list of medications!

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            Good handwriting is a pleasure to read (and write). It's a must. But I don't think it should necessarily be cursive.

          • ellagis 5 years ago

            I think that, like everything else, it's important to know the rules, to be able to break them later. I mean: it works for jazz (a good jazz player studies music very deeply, before he's ready to improvize) and for abstract art, so - in little - it works for handwriting too (learn the "official" way before personalizing it). In addition.... a good handwriting is also an aesthetic joy, isn't it?

          • Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

            Good penmanship is still relevant and essential part of doing business. As adults we are constantly signing documents from deliveries to checks to loan applications.

            Good penmanship can be a deterent to identity theft because it is our very own and unique signature.

          • Tenzho 5 years ago

            Yes, otherwise people will faint looking at my handwriting

          • Bile-Gran-Vieira-Correa 5 years ago

            Absolutely! If you can't write, you can't fill out a job application! There are many instances in today's life where handwriting is important.

          • CynthiaJacob 5 years ago

            Resoundingly, Y E S...as a child learning handwritting skills, I've always enjoyed taking the pencil and first tracing and then writing the letter(s) we were practicing in class. I felt a sense of accomplishment. I believed that I would become an important person some day.

          • Benjamin_Vaughn 5 years ago

            Absolutely! I think that writing is good for our brains. I suspect that we will discover soon, the organic affect on our minds of not writing, and decide that it is worth making some changes to our lifestyles to include it. I have started keeping a journal for a number of reasons. One of the things that I truly enjoy about it is that I have to write. I have to think about my sitting position - is my elbow supported? How is my angle of my agenda? Then, I need to be relaxed so that I can write legibly. I think that I was on the road to losing the ability. Now, thanks to this discipline, I've got it back and it is a delight. Now, the thought of cursive... hmmmm. That would be to take this to the next level. Evelyn, you have challenged me!

          • TravelingRae 5 years ago

            My handwriting is embarrassing. I wish I'd learned how to write beautifully if only to be able to pen a legible love letter!

          • coralbue 5 years ago

            We live in a digital age now, but my parents always forced me to practice my handwriting. And they were right. It's very important!

          • NidhiRajat 6 years ago

            everybody love good handwriting!!!

          • Monika Weise 6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

            I think good handwriting is a lost art. It's no longer taught in my state.

          • SophiaPark 6 years ago

            YES!

          • anonymous 6 years ago

            Of course we need good penmanship. I am a school nurse and have students compliment me all the time on my penmanship (Palmer method, NYC public schools). We have many students who are unable to read their own "handwriting".

            I have also read my share of MD handwriting, if it can be called that. Sometimes I squint, like looking at those "Magic Pictures", to figure out the message.

          • franstan lm 6 years ago

            Yes definitely

          • Char Milbrett 6 years ago from Minnesota

            yes

          • Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

            People say that the need to write will someday be eliminated. The same could be said of spelling but I am not one who believes that. Not only do I expect my child to write, I expect to be able to read it.

          • anonymous 6 years ago

            I am amazed at the number of people who say that handwriting, because the schools aren't teaching it, is unnecessary. Right. Because schools are SO good at determining what children need to learn. All that it proves to me is that schools don't care very much if children have a well-rounded education. As long as the kids can fill in bubbles for standardized tests, everything's good! After all, no one could possibly need to learn to read and write without a computer being involved, right? Ugh.

          • JoshK47 6 years ago

            I don't think that just because we have technology to write things we should neglect good penmanship and learning to write in cursive.

          • YourFirstTime 6 years ago

            If there was ever a lost art that needed to be found, it's penmanship. I had a 6 y/o ask me to teach her cursive, and I about fell out my chair. Made my day.

          • Bernie 6 years ago from Corbin, KY

            print if you can't write

          • LakeMom 6 years ago

            My two youngest are in 6th & 8th grade and claim they can't write or read cursive writing. I am spending part of our summer working on their cursive writing skills. I feel that it is important for them to be able to express themselves with beautiful, flowing handwriting. Unfortunately, the schools don't have time anymore to teach it and even when they did, there was too much emphasis on one style of cursive writing. I want them to be able to find their own style that fits them!

          • Coffeebreak9am 6 years ago

            It seems today, that cursive is not used as much anymore, however, personally it does seem to be an art that I think we should still teach. It gives a flow to your hand, that may not come from another form of art, so to speak. Yes I do think that it is a form of art.

            I am also a home school mom of 6 children, and value teaching children with different methods. Thank you for your lenses.

          • nadjaiskeniskie 6 years ago

            People need to learn how to print.

            Cursive = a barrier to good communications. It is difficult for a lot of NESB people to read and OCRs have a horrible time with it.

            I would say about 70% of undeliverable mail is due to cursive addressed items that are not legible (I work at the post office).

          • bossypants 6 years ago from America's Dairyland

            I think so. Even though I remember disliking penmanship class as a child, the ability to read cursive is fundamental to being able to understand hand written notes. Often those who are attempting to print string their letters together and may mix and match printing and cursive.

          • Rose Jones 6 years ago

            I really wanted to say yes and no. I believe that cursive will become almost obsolete in the next century, with typing replacing it. Nonetheless, I believe that learning the movements involved in penmanship is important helping develop the clarity of the brain.

          • Rita-K 6 years ago

            I think so, I think good handwriting skills(longhand or printing) adds to a persons conceptualization of himself or herself. However, I have determined that doctor's feel that illegible handwriting adds to their mystique...or so they believe!

          • CarolynPile 6 years ago

            Of course!

          • anonymous 6 years ago

            Yes, it is important. Handwriting is an independent form of communication & allows for more free expression. We cannot allow ourselves to become too dependent on machines as to disable our own abilities.

          • ltraider 6 years ago

            I think so

          • Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

            Yes. Good handwriting can be learned and even though we are an electronic generation pen and paper are still needed to express our thoughts - ex. Doctor's notes but then again they are now being computer generated with only the signature being necessary. :)

          • Philippians468 6 years ago

            i believe that one's handwriting is an outward expression of the inward thoughts!

          • Michelle Collins 6 years ago from Florida

            Yes! I however have really bad handwriting. At one time my handwriting was so good my teachers would tell me I it was too perfect.

            After working as a hair dresser for many years, taking appointments when busy it deteriorated. I would rush when writing to get back to clients. It just stuck with me after that. It is pretty bad when you cant read your own writing.. LOL. I kind of think that is the same thing with doctors.

            My 8 year old is getting sloppy with her writing and I hope it is not because of mine :(

          • anonymous 6 years ago

            i am here at this sight finding information about teaching cursive to my children. They attend public schools and it is not part of the curiculum!!!! It seems Standardized Test Scores are the only concern. What about telling time, counting money, and penmanship???

          • TheScriptedLand 6 years ago

            Yes! Not only is it a dying art, it is absolutely necessary for stimulating different parts of the brain, and thinking patterns. Good hand writing also effects the way people communicate, and communicate correctly, thoughtfully, with respect and courtesy.

          • Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

            Absolutely! If you can't write, you can't fill out a job application! There are many instances in today's life where handwriting is important.

          • Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

            I think everyone should practice their hand writing skills. It's a major exercise for our dexterity. Doctors above all should have better writing skills.

          • Michey LM 6 years ago

            Definitely, good handwriting skill must stay in curriculum, or at list at home mom-teaching. I hate when I receive a letter and I have to guess it, instead to read it!

          • JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

            I think it is important - we still need someone to send Christmas cards in legible writing!

          • Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

            Yes,

          • anonymous 6 years ago

            It is important, especially for a child, to grow up surrounded by and learning beautiful things. It is how we learn how to think and uplift ourselves. Cursive is a beautiful way of writing. One ought to be proud of his handwriting, a way of conveying our thoughts. Too bad for those who cannot read it or who do not take the time to learn it anymore.

          • anonymous 6 years ago

            Absolutely it's important. In this day and age of the computer too many students want to just "print it off" the computer instead of making the effort.

          • anonymous 6 years ago

            Absolutely!

          • dc64 lm 6 years ago

            Good handwriting is becoming a lost art, and it is a shame. I think it says a lot about a person.

          • SandyPeaks 6 years ago

            You only have to look at illegible scrawls on forms to wish people would put more effort into what they write.

          • aishu19 6 years ago

            Yes it definitely is! Computers cant do it all...

          Cursive Centers

          Hands-on Cursive - Cursive can be fun, artistic and hands-on!

          Writing a Letter
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          How to Make Learning Cursive a Fun, Delightful Experience

          As in all teaching, I take a hands-on approach. Children easily get bored just copying letters, words and sentences from a handwriting workbook. Instead we make up our own words and sentences using the letters we have learned so far. Each day we can add more words until we write full sentences in cursive. We try to make these words and sentences meaningful to the children. Sometimes the sentences are silly, sometimes they talk about something important to the child that day.

          Another way to make learning fun and exciting is to practice using unexpected materials. Chocolate Pudding, for example, is just the right consistency for practicing handwriting. It's also fun to lick your cursive off when done. Hands-on projects for decorating birthday cards, posting vocabulary words or decorating a cake are other hands-on ways to practice your penmanship.

          Chocolate Pudding Cursive Writing Center - Learning Cursive while writing in Pudding

          Chocolate Pudding Cursive Writing Center
          Chocolate Pudding Cursive Writing Center | Source

          Chocolate Pudding Writing Center

          Practicing your cursive letters in chocolate pudding spread out on a cookie sheet may seem messy but that can be just the thing to get some kids motivated to practice their handwriting. Fingers slip through the pudding and reveal the cookie sheet below forming the letter he or she is writing. The texture of the puddling encourages writing in the fluid motion needed to write in cursive.

          Make a mistake? Letters don't seem to be formed correctly? Just wipe it smooth again with a spatula and practice your cursive letters again.

          Note:I usually allow the kids to make their own pudding so that they get a chance to practice measuring and fractions thus covering math as well as handwriting.

          Writing in Chocolate Pudding

          Sticky and sweet, chocolate pudding is thick enough for resistance and smooth enough to allow for the curving lines of cursive. Once you are finished writing a letter, don't forget to lick your fingers. What a fun way to practice your penmanship!

          Have you ever practiced your cursive by writing in Chocolate Pudding?

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          Zen Cursive Center - Japanese Garden Cursive Center

          Zen Rock Garden, Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
          Zen Rock Garden, Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto, Japan | Source

          Japanese Zen Garden Handwriting Center

          Set up a Japanese Zen Garden Handwriting Center where children can write their letters in the sand.

          Pour a thin layer of sand on a cookie sheet or tray. Shake the tray so that the sand lies evenly across the tray.

          Japanese Gardens have sand that is raked into beautiful patterns. Hang a poster of a Japanese Garden over the Handwriting Center. Offer children the choice of writing with their fingers, a stick or a small rake.

          Have you practiced your handwriting with Zen sand? - Zen Penmanship

          • Sand is used to create a quiet meditative place.
          • Sand is raked into precise geometric forms surrounding rocks and plants to resemble flowing water.
          • Children can get a feel for a Zen Garden while practicing their handwriting while forming cursive letters in the sand with a rake.

          Would you like to practice your handwriting in Zen sand?

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          Scribble Cursive Art Center - Penmanship Art

          Scribble lines
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          Scribble to Cursive

          Scribbles
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          Scribble Learning Center

          When transitioning from print to cursive children need to learn to write the whole word without picking up the pencil. At this center, children are given the opportunity to pick the marker of their choice and draw a picture without picking up the marker.

          Provide lots of paper and a variety of markers in different shapes and sizes.

          Create flowing patterns of cursive movements to create artwork. Children love to practice these motions over and over as they create unique works of art. The control needed to scribble like this is the same as for penmanship. Without even realizing it, your children will be improving their handwriting.

          Is a Scribble Handwriting Center an effective way to help improve penmanship?

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          Playdough Cursive Letters

          Rolling Playdough to form Cursive Letters
          Rolling Playdough to form Cursive Letters | Source

          Bread Dough Writing Center

          Many children love to use play dough. This center helps children form the letters and reinforces the idea that the letters are made with one continuous line, that the letters are connected within a word and that cursive is a beautiful art.

          Roll long snakes out of play dough, bread dough, Clay and use those snakes to form the cursive letters and words.

          Once the children have been introduced to most of the letters, this center can be used to practice spelling or vocabulary words.

          Some children like to write words in cursive clay, take pictures of them and use them on the covers of their books as titles to the stories they write.

          Cursive Clay Question

          Roll the clay or play dough into long snakes and then use these snakes to form letters in cursive. The long snakes remind the children that the letters keep flowing in cursive without picking up their pencils. If you use self-hardening clay you might be able to have the children write their names and use these names to decorate your room.

          Have you tried creating cursive letters with clay or play dough?

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          Learning Cursive with Wooden Trains - Cursive Train Tracks

          Does your child love to play with trains? Here is a delightful way to learn cursive. Put train tracks together to form letters. Then your child can repeat the sound of the letter as he or she drives a train along the letter tracks.

          Here is the letter a:

          1. Put together Wooden Train Tracks in the form of the letters

          2. Drive the Red Engine along the tracks saying the sound of the letters as you go.

          Train Track Writing Center

          Brio Train
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          Train Track Letters

          Here is the letter "O". How many other letters can you make with wooden railroad tracks?

          Have you created cursive letters with wooden train tracks?

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          Glitter Glue Words - Practicing Cursive with Glitter and Glue

          Curisve in Glitter and Glue
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          Santa's Christmas Sparkly Writing Center


          Writing Words with Glue and Glitter

          I realize that you can now get glitter and glue already mixed but there is just something satisfying about the way the glue flows on so smoothly, the feel of the glitter sprinkling through your fingers and the roughness of the letters once the glue has dried that makes writing cursive in glue and glitter so satisfying.

          Christmas always feels like a time of glitter and sparkle. We love to write greeting cards in glitter and glue words.

          Glitter Glue Writing

          Swirl the glue in delightful curves. Create perfect letters that flow across the page. Writing with glitter and glue is a fun, artistic way to practice cursive and the control needed to write in glue and glitter will help improve handwriting.

          Do you enjoy writing in cursive with glue and glitter?

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          Close your eyes and feel the Cursive!

          Sandpaper Cursive Learning Center

          Using heavy Cardstock, trace the letters of the alphabet on sandpaper and cut them out with an old pair of scissors and glue them onto the card stock.

          Once they are dry, children can close their eyes, run their fingers over the letters and guess which letter they are feeling. I have found that children love doing this activity. This center works best when children work in pairs.

          Writing in the Snow - Large Motor Cursive Practice

          Writing in the Snow
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          Cursive in the Snow

          When the snow is a few inches deep and it's easy to pack down you can make cursive letter Fox and Geese games. Stomp down the path of the letter you are working on and then start chasing the geese while following along the path. Each time a goose is caught, shout out "This goose was caught in the letter___."

          What a fun way to practice cursive while running around in the new fallen snow!

          Do you practice your cursive in the snow?

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          Have you practiced your cursive on cupcakes? - Cursive Cupcakes

          Cake Writing
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          Cursive Cupcake Center

          • Traditionally words are written on cakes and cupcakes in fancy, swirly, cursive.
          • You can encourage your children to practice their cursive with Melissa and Doug wooden cupcakes.
          • The tops or frosting on the cupcakes can be written on with dry erase markers.
          • What a fun place to practice their handwriting!

          Wouldn't it be fun to practice penmanship on cupcakes?

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          Writing on Eggs - Practice Cursive on Eggs

          Writing on Eggs
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          Wikki Sticks Handwriting Center - Wikki Sticks Cursive

          Wikki Sticks can be shaped to form letters and they easily stick to without glue.

          The children enjoy constructing cursive letters using Wikki Sticks. This activity helps the children to focus on the shape of each letter in detail. Often this concrete, tactile activity helps children internalize the actual shape of letters.

          Program index cards with the letter or word your children are learning. They stick the Wikki Sticks right on the cards as if tracing. Because the Wikki Sticks actually stick to the cards, it is easier for the children to work with instead of pipecleaners.

          Do you think that creating cursive letters with Wiki Sticks would be a fun way to learn the shapes of cursive letters?

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          Underwater Writing Center - Practice Your Cursive in the Rain

          No matter where you go or how wet it is, you can write on the AquaNotes Waterproof Notepad. The idea was invented by a young girl who saw the need and worked very hard to get her idea patented and then mass produced.

          In a classroom setting this waterproof notebook could be used outside on a rainy day, when taking trips to the frog pond or to record observations at the sensory table.

          As homeschoolers you could turn your bathtub or swimming pool into a learning center where your children could practice their cursive underwater.

          Motivation for Practicing Cursive - Practice your Cursive Daily

          Writing in Cursive
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          Teaching Cursive to 3rd - 5th Grades

          Recently I have been substituting in third through fifth grade classes in Vermont. Most of the children are not regularly being taught cursive but the kids are fascinated by it. Whenever I get a chance we take a few moments to learn more strokes and letters. We start with the e and l , the i, u and t and soon move on to the ocean wave c. The kids love it.

          After teaching first grade for many years, I am amazed at how much quicker a fourth grader can pick up the strokes and letters. This week the class I am teaching needed to write two thank you cards and a get well card. All of the children were delighted to show off their budding skills by writing the cards in cursive.

          Because teachers no longer teach cursive on a regular basis, there was no cursive alphabet over the chalk board. We found an alphabet online to put up on the smart board and I wrote and demonstrated how to write letters and words on the dry erase board.

          What a wonderful job these children did and I am sure that the recipients of these cards will be delighted to see that the children were thoughtful enough to write in cursive.

          Cursive on the Chalkboard - Writing in Cursive on the Blackboard

          Max's first cursive word
          Max's first cursive word | Source

          Chalkboard Cursive on any surface - The Artistic Cursive Spaces Learning Center

          Did you know that you can use Chalkboard paint to turn any surface into a blackboard? Rough up the surface with sandpaper and then brush or spray with chalkboard paint. At first you might try rectangular pieces of wood which resemble a blackboard. But then, let your imagination go wild. How about covering a teapot with blackboard paint. You could write the kind of tea being served in cursive. Cover jars with blackboard paint for storing spices. Your cursive handwriting will look amazing on these jars.

          Children love having a wall in the kitchen coated in blackboard paint. They spend hours writing all over the surfaces while their penmanship improves. Where would you paint in chalkboard paint?

          Blackboard Paint - Chalkboard Paint

          Did you know that there is a paint for turning any surface into a chalkboard? I have seen the walls of an entire kitchen painted in black chalkboard paint. Children could practice their handwriting all over the kitchen. Imagine practicing penmanship on the kitchen walls.

          Is chalkboard paint a good idea for penmanship practice?

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          Sand Tray Writing - Salt Tray Writing

          Writing in the Sand
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          Writing in the Sand

          My kids always loved writing in the damp sand at the beach. But if you can't go to the beach today...

          Another fun way to practice your letters is to write them with your fingers in a tray of sand or salt.

          • Choose any shallow tray and cover the bottom with a liberal sprinkling of sand or salt.
          • Then use the pointer finger of your dominant hand to write the letters you are practicing.

          Sand Trays or Salt Trays are a fun way to practice your spelling words as well.

          Have you ever used a Sand Tray or a Salt Tray?

          Penmanship Paper - Paper for Practicing and Showing off your Handwriting

          Mrs. Thompson always had us practice each new letter over and over on green lined paper. Only when we were confident in writing each letter were we allowed to use white paper.

          This method encourages a lot of practice with mastery as the reward. This same paper is available to you as you teach your children how to write in cursive or print.

          Are we losing our ability to write? - Who has the best handwriting?

          Is good penmanship becoming extinct? Are we losing our abilities generation by generation?

          Think about the people in your family. Think of the diaries and letters written by those people.

          Even after Aunt Mary's (Born in 1867) hands became shaky she still had beautiful handwriting.

          Ira, my step-father, had the beautiful swirls and impeccable handwriting learned by the Palmer Method. (Born 1900).

          Mom and Dad's cursive is legible but nothing to brag about. (Born in the 1930s)

          My handwriting was adequate until I began to teach handwriting. (Born 1950s) It has improved tremendously but not the work of art of 100 years ago.

          My children have all been taught to write both in print and in cursive but generally choose not to. (Born around 1990).

          Which generation has the best handwriting?

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          Reading in Cursive - Messages in Cursive

          Reading Good Morning in Cursive
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          Reading in Cursive

          Not only do children need to learn to write in cursive, they need to learn to read it as well.

          Writing at least part of the morning message in cursive will help children become familiar with the way words look when written in cursive.

          As we begin learning cursive I slowly begin to write more and more of the words in cursive. I begin with the words "Good Morning".

          These are words that the children have come to expect at the beginning of the morning message each day so they can quickly read those words.

          During independent centers, I place laminated word cards in the cursive center for the children to trace with dry erase markers.

          Tracing the letters helps kinesthetic learners to begin reading the words in cursive.

          Do you write your morning message in cursive?

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          Learn to read in Cursive! - Print to Cursive Matching Game

          Learn to read in Cursive
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          Teach your children how to read in cursive.

          • Make a set of color matching eggs.
          • Write the color words in print on one set of cards and in print on the other.
          • Laminate the cards and then play games such as Concentration or Go Fish in order to practice reading the words in cursive.
          • Later your child might like to color the eggs, reinforcing the skill of reading in both print and in cursive.

          Movable Cursive - Multisensory Cursive Cards and Blocks

          Learning which letters hold hands at the top as opposed to those that hold hands at the bottom can be difficult for children. These sandpaper double letters are fun to trace with fingers adding the sense of touch to the lesson.

          For a fun activity, close your eyes and pick up the tiles randomly. Carefully feel the shape and see if you can recognize the letters without looking.

          This is a fun partner or center activity.

          Cursive Handwriting Worksheets - Make your own Cursive Handswriting Worksheets

          TwistyNoodle has a worksheet creator for helping children learn to write in cursive.Choose your child's favorite animal, write a sentence about it and let your children trace the cursive letters.

          Halloween Handwriting - Practice Cursive with Finger Puppets

          Slip a Bat Finger Puppet on your finger and practice your penmanship while the bat swoops through the air. This is a fun way to practice your cursive as Halloween approaches. Practicing the motions in the air helps children to develop a smooth motion when writing. As they write each letter they should say the motions out loud making each letter in big swooping motions. When they go back to their seats to practice with a pencil or pen then can imagine that the tip of the pencil is a swooping little brown bat.

          Where do you like to write? - What is your favorite surface for practicing your cursive?

          Traditionally penmanship was practiced at a desk or on the kitchen table, but that may not be your favorite place for writing. Think of the possibilities. Would you like to write on the wall, the floor or in the bathtub. Do you like to write on cupcakes? Come vote on your favorite place to practice handwriting...

          Where do you perfer to write?

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          Slants, Swirls and Curls? - Dumbed Down Cursive?

          Now that cursive is deemed to be less important, a new method has emerged for those who wish to teach their children cursive. It is a dumbed down version with straight letters, no slants, swirls or curls. It may seem easier to teach or to transition from print to cursive but what your children will be missing will be the opportunity to learn the embellishments that make cursive so beautiful. I would argue strongly against purchasing Handwriting Without Tears. It is a transition cursive that makes learning to slant and swirl more difficult than necessary. Stick to the beautiful cursive of generations past. Include the curls in the capital letters and be sure to slant your letters.

          Should children be taught to slant their cursive letters?

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          The quick brown fox

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          What kind of utensil do you most like to write with?

          Vote for as many as you like. Do you prefer pencils or pens?

          How about writing in Chocolate Pudding with your finger?

          Be sure to add other options if you can think of another fun way to practice your cursive...

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          How did you learn cursive?

          Tell us about your experiences learning cursive or teaching others. Did you use a certain method? Which of the learning center activities would you like to try?

          The Barbar Stories are written in cursive

          Children love to read them. These stories are wonderful to help children practice reading in cursive. As your children head back to school, be sure that they can both read and write in cursive. It may be a dieing art for some but it will put your children at a great advantage when they are the ones who can read and write when the power goes out!

          How is your handwriting? - Are you teaching your child cursive?

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              Rose Jones 2 years ago

              The underwater writing product is a new one for me! Makes sense, I do some of my best thinking in the shower.

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              Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

              I had learned both printing and cursive and cannot imagine anyone not knowing how to write with a pencil or pen. Everyone needs a backup system when electronics fail.

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              Melissa Miotke 3 years ago from Arizona

              I think it's really sad that many schools want to do away with cursive. It seems like a dumbing down of society. I absolutely think that we sould continue to teach and use cursive and I wish there were more of an emphasis on penmanship today.

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              Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

              This is going to be very helpful in the future- especially when the schools start taking cursive handwriting out of their curriculum. I don't know about all areas, but I've been hearing a lot lately about schools no longer teaching cursive. This is really disappointing to me, and a big thanks to people like yourself who spend hours compiling all this information and creating such a masterpiece lens or article on the subject!

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              Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

              Some of the kiddos I work with in Literacy Group still want to try cursive -- and ask for it as a favored activity on "Fun Learning Friday." Take that, texting!

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              Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

              I really enjoyed teaching my children cursive. I even learned techniques to improve my own handwriting.

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              Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

              wow, this is a great lens for a teacher or kids needing to understand cursive writing a little better - they say it will be an art fewer people will be able to do!

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              TheJVilleKid 3 years ago

              WOW!!!! What a ton of information on what I consider a long lost artform. As soon as the school says they have the option to print or write in cursive, kids opt for printing, which I think takes more energy to produce then cursive. Thanks again for the great info!

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              Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

              What a great Lens about writing in cursives. At the moment I'm 43 years and learning to handwrite again, because my writing hand is paralized. I was left handed and now I'm doing my best to become right handed as well. Some of your tips are very useful, thank you, I add your Lens to my squidoo favorite bookmarks on my computer! And I've added your Lens to the related Lenses on my "Back to school shopping tips: become a school shopping graduate!" Lens. Have a lovely day!

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              socialcx1 4 years ago

              How come when I and my kids were at school the teachers found plenty of time to teach us cursive handwriting. The kids school hours seem to be longer but there is less time!!!!

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              anonymous 4 years ago

              My Handwriting is nice but not to nice

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              MarthaBuckly 4 years ago

              This is very creative approach! I would never think about something like this on my own.

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              Evelyn Saenz 4 years ago from Royalton

              @goldenrulecomics: With the tips and a little practice you can greatly improve your handwriting if you decide to. Which of the many suggestions do you think would be most fun for you?

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              goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

              Great lens! Unfortunately my cursive writing is pretty poor...

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              Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

              Wish they'll put more emphasis on this in schools.

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              EliasZanetti LM 4 years ago

              My handwriting is beautiful .. I would love to practice and be taught the Cursive method though!

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              Kay 4 years ago

              Both in regular school and homeschool, we tried to teach my son penmanship to no avail. He did eight years of it and his handwriting in no way resembles anything but chicken scratch. I do think it is an important skill and you have a terrific page. Blessed!

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              techmom 4 years ago

              My children are still printing, but next year starts cursive. You've given me so many great ideas to make it fun to teach!

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              marsha32 4 years ago

              I didn't start homeschooling until my son was in 10th grade (he is my oldest and my first to be homeschooled) He did not even know how to sign his own name in cursive. Yes, I made him do 2 whole workbooks for cursive writing. He will be 30 years old this year and all he writes in cursive is his signature. He doesn't choose to use it any other time, but at least he has a signature!

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              Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

              Clearly you are a phenomenal teacher! I wish I had learned penmanship from you when I was a girl. Blessed!

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              Enda McLarnon 4 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

              I found this by mistake but became curious from the first paragraph. I had a teacher also called Miss Boyle who was relentless in the art of good hand writing which is still with me today. It is sadly a fading art as email etc takes over our busy worlds.

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              Rose Jones 4 years ago

              My biggest complaint with this lens is that there are not enough ways to teach cursive here. Just kidding, this is one of the most complete lenses I have ever seen - absolutely deserving of the Purple Star. I would have so loved to be a student in your classroom - you know how to have fun and still teach! Pinned to my Teaching and Homeschooling board, blessed, tweeted. linked to in my rock garden lens as a way to use a zen garden creatively - and added to my own lens: "Squidoo Lenses I wish I'd written." Great job, Evelyn.

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              PennyHowe 4 years ago

              Wow! I am overwhelmed with this fabulous purple star winning lens. Packed full of ideas and very deserving. Love you idea of a game to learn to read in Cursive. I think that skill is often presumed instead of taught and needs more attention.

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              Evelyn Saenz 4 years ago from Royalton

              @maryLuu: If your son has good control over his fingers, five would be a fine time to begin cursive. Be sure to also give him lots of time to play with play dough, use a paper punch and color. All these activities will help him to develop his fine motor muscles.

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              maryLuu 4 years ago

              My son just started to study cursive so we have lot of fun trying. He is only 5 but I like the way he is trying.

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              sunny saib 4 years ago

              I had a wonderful time reading this lens.. Good job :)

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              Evelyn Saenz 4 years ago from Royalton

              @MrMojo01: Many people have gotten out of the habit of writing in cursive but if you would like to improve your handwriting there are dozens of fun activities to make learning cursive a pleasure.

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              MrMojo01 4 years ago

              My handwriting is awful and I honestly do not remember the last time I used cursive!

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              jlshernandez 5 years ago

              I once wrote a goodbye note to a co-worker in a card and some people commented that I had good handwriting and that it was a lost art. I never really thought about it but after reading this lens, I realized I was doing the Zaner Bloser Cursive style. Thanks to the Belgian and French nuns who taught us this.

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              Evelyn, you have done such a thorough job with this lens!

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              dellgirl 5 years ago

              Impressive lens, I enjoyed every minute of it. This is very enlightening for anyone wanting to know about teaching kids handwriting! You've done a fantastic job here.

              Im going right now to pin this on Pinterest, facebooking and, tweeting it so I can find it again and to share it with others. Thanks for sharing this valuable information. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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              Tahamtan 5 years ago

              Lol! This lense was amazing. So many innovative and fun ideas I had never heard of before :)

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              MelanieMurphyMyer 5 years ago

              Nice lens. Adding it to my Draw And Write Worksheets lens. :)

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              Kumar P S 5 years ago

              Nice lens ! Useful and informative. Thanks for sharing.

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              mumsgather 5 years ago

              I've always thought that it should be taught from a to z. Thanks. I learned something new today.

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              IQplusone 5 years ago

              Cursive writing is not only helpful for writing quickly, it can be beautful too, as you have illustrated on this excellent lens. Thank you.

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              bwet 5 years ago

              evelyn, this is a massive lens on cursive handwriting. Don't think I've ever read so much about it until I came across this lens.

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              Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

              Back to this great lens to leave you a blessing. My sister and I were talking about the art of Handwriting and she told me that a lot of schools were no longer teaching it. I think that is so sad. How will these young people sign their names? printing?

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              Evelyn, this is such a wonderful lens. I need to improve my pensmanship and your lens gives me hope that it can be done! Thank you!

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              I always thought of improving my writing... thanks this would help me

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              avigarret 5 years ago

              A fascinating and educational lens, truly deserving of the purple star and all your success.

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              Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

              What a fantastic page on penmanship. All the advice, tips and suggestions you've given demonstrate your obvious love for the subject. Enjoyed this very much. :)

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              getmoreinfo 5 years ago

              High Five for having such a great resource for learning handwriting and the best letters to start teaching a child to write penmanship.

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              I was taught italic cursive but have decided to teach my children traditional cursive. They are very young and so I was looking for activities to make learning more fun. Your article was perfect!

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              agoofyidea 5 years ago

              My printing is so much neater than my handwriting that I no longer use cursive. But I love your ideas and hope that everyone still learns to handwrite.

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              brynimagire 5 years ago

              Nice hand writing information ! fantastic lens !

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              Great lens! Cursive handwriting is beautiful.

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              JollyJ 5 years ago

              thank you for these lens - many useful ideas

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              theCNAtraining 5 years ago

              great lens, handwriting was very hard for me when i was in school, even reading handwriting was harder! great lens! and i think its much faster to handwrite than normal writing!

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              jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

              I don't think students learn to write cursive anymore, the computer sort of made it unnecessary beyond signing your own signature.

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              I'm happy to see your lens. Too bad you can't be in every classroom at once. I'm afraid I am aware that there is a school of thought today the teaching penmanship is putting all students into the old "waffle maker" and forcing them to all be the same. Loosening up your hand so you can write smoothly is the only way you can devolop you own handwriting. I have seen college students who have the tight scrawl of a third-grader. Their personalities are not expressed through their handwriting and most who have this problem are embarresed and avoid writing.

              I can remember working on penmanship as late as fifth grade but today practice is not encouraged. (it's called unnecessary drudgery)

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              Zut Moon 5 years ago

              Great Lens. You mention you can remember back to first grade. Holy Smokes... what a memory ...LOL Me, I can't remember what I did yesterday !!! (I would have written this reply in cursive writing) but my keyboard said No ...

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              antoniow 5 years ago

              What a great lens! keep up the good work! thumbs up

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              Bob Zau 5 years ago

              Well, although my cursive is of the chicken scratch variety, I must say I've always admired beautiful penmanship. Excellent lens!

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              Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

              I've always been told I had beautiful handwriting. I attribute most of that to Mrs. Brooks, a teacher who was adamant that I be allowed to adapt techniques that were best for left-handed writers instead of forcing the standard right-handed techniques. Yay Mrs. Brooks :)

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              During my parents' time, there was emphasis on cursive handwriting. My dad and mother have beautiful cursive handwriting. I wished I've took the initiative in my handwriting when growing up.

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              Showpup LM 5 years ago

              I enjoyed teaching my children cursive writing. Such a terrific lens filled with unique ideas to make teaching cursive writing even more fun.

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              Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

              Beautiful lens with many useful ideas. Cursive writing now looks almost like rocket science to me;)

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              jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

              Ultra-Great Lens about a skill that has all but vanished.

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              krakensquid 5 years ago

              Another really great lens you've made! This seems very useful, great job!

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              Egylover LM 5 years ago

              What a resource! Amazing article, liked and bookmarked. I'm going to need this! thansk a lot

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              pencilonpaper 5 years ago

              Since Im mostly typing, my handwriting has suffered tremendous. I don't think any grownup still writes cursive, everybody has deviated to a certain degree. For example my capital letters are the same as the typed ones.

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              Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

              I started home schooling my daughter when she was three. Beginning at about age six, she started begging me to teach her cursive. I finally gave in, teaching her cursive at a much earlier age than I had learned. I taught her exactly as I had been taught 25 years previously, which is identical to the alphabet posted above as "Cursive Letter Order." She was a determined little girl, and learned quickly. When that was mastered, we went on to what she pleaded for next - calligraphy. Now, as an adult, she does beautiful decorative lettering, and finds great satisfaction in it. (So does her proud mother!)

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              sustainableartist 5 years ago

              I love handwriting. I just did a lens actually on digital versus handwriting, and my favorite recycled notebook, but I see you have covered the handwriting side pretty extensively :) Good job! I was always awful at cursive, but I am extremely fast at printing and have been complimented on my penmanship. Thanks for bringing this underappreciated topic to light!

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              Paki Bazar 5 years ago

              you have a nice blog gr8 effort

              :)

              please can you add more unique stuff so as we can enjoy it reading

              xD

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              WayneDave LM 5 years ago

              This is great. I can see you have put loads of effort into this one. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              I have the worst penmanship cause I wanted to be a doctor like my Dad and thought all doctors had to have bad handwriting. I still love your lens and wish I had known all this before!

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              jenniferteacher1 5 years ago

              Thanks for these tips! I teach in Korea, which only has block letters, so some of my students struggle with cursive. I feel like a fraud teaching them, though, because my own penmanship leaves a lot to be desired!

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              Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

              I have already been to this fabulous page, however this time I can bestow a deserving Angels Blessing!

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              dvpwli 5 years ago

              Ohh, Congrats This one is also Purple Stat Winner so I must Have to Give more Hugs and Bless for this one also.

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              mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

              I've always took pride in my penmanship. I hate to try and read letters and especially signatures that a chicken has scratched up. Hard to find good penmanship today. A well made lens which I will bookmark and share with friends who home school their children. Thanks so much for bringing the art back to life.

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              My daughter's handwriting was great when she was small, now it is no more so beautiful, I think maybe the handwriting takes a nosedive when we grow older.

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              hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

              terrific lens. my penmanship is so bad that i write in block letters if anyone is to read it. however, if i'm not being LAZY, it's pretty good.:wait, block letters take forever. what am i doing? oh right i work online... )

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              demoninsnow 5 years ago

              I love it!!!

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              cheech1981 5 years ago

              i was just watching a special on national geographic tv and they were talking about monk scribes from the middle ages and how they wrote about one page an hour. of course their caligraphy looked perfect as if it came from a typewriter!

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              pd6914 5 years ago

              My handwriting is great. It's gotten somewhat more relaxed now that I'm not writing as much and typing instead. I get compliments all the time. :) I have my mom to thank because she used to encourage me to write as much as I could to practice. I prefer writing in cursive because it's faster for me.

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              squidoolover76 5 years ago

              As usual another lovely lens from you,i can teach my daughter the same way you mentioned.

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              ellagis 5 years ago

              I don't have children, and I teach other arguments, like science and ecology, but I would surely teach handwriting, if I had children!

              Thank you for your lens, so informative and reach of a mix of fun and "serious" things!

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              RedHotDesign 5 years ago

              Great work- I love this lens! What an awesome resource, and so well written!! Thank you for creating it!

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              TravelingRae 5 years ago

              My handwriting is terrible, but I work at it every day. I'm learning Japanese and making it a point to work very hard on my calligraphy right from the start. As for your lens, it's terrific. Your passion shines through and I am certain you must be a great teacher because you have so many different ways of teaching the material.

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              MinRu 5 years ago

              I am not very good at cursive writing and your lense has provide ample information for me to begin my training for cursive writing. thanks !

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              coralbue 5 years ago

              I remember practicing cursive in what was it, 3rd grade? That was a long time ago! I was never good at it. I might actually try some of your suggestions such as the chocolate pudding, that sounds fun! Great lens!

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              eclecticeducati1 5 years ago

              Lots of good stuff here! My little guy has dysgraphia so even though he is entering the 4th grade, he is not near ready for cursive yet. We use to use Zaner-Bloser, but it wasn't working for him. His OT got us on Handwriting Without Tears and it is working great. I don't think it is as pretty of font, but the important thing is just to get him writing well. After he gets to printing well, then we will start trying cursive.

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              NidhiRajat 6 years ago

              Oh My god..its just amazing to have on squidoo.....a wonderful bucket of knowledge!!!

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              NidhiRajat 6 years ago

              Oh My god..its just amazing to have on squidoo.....a wonderful bucket of knowledge!!!

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              Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

              Beautifully done. A Blessing to go with the Purple Star.

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              Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

              Evelyn, as usual a stellar lens, but don't you think it's too short? ROFL...

              I have excellent handwriting and even do calligraphy, but it came naturally to me. In my new 3rd grade school,, the school had taught handwriting to the 2nd graders and I was a new 3rd grader but my old school taught it in 3rd grade...so my teacher just put the letters above the board and told me to copy them till I learned. So I have my own way of doing it, but everyone seems to think it is really pretty.

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              Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

              This brilliant lens is very informative. I have terrible handwriting. I have to type notes to my husband because he can't even read my handwriting when I print, much less write in cursive. My handwriting has gotten worse over the years since I now type and text just about everything, even my grocery list. I'm actually embarrassed by my handwriting. There have been many times at my daughter's school that I've had to admit I have terrible writing and pass the duty on to another mom when it came to writing our kids' names on something.

              *~blessed~*

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              Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

              I can see why this is a purple star lens. Great job with the information provided here. Yes, we are teaching cursive.

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              TeacherRenee 6 years ago

              It is so important to teach children good handwriting skill when they are young -- they will last a lifetime. As a retired kindergarten teacher, teaching each child to have good penmanship was a year-long goal of mine.

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              JoshK47 6 years ago

              What an amazingly insightful lens! Great work on this!

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              tutor1235 lm 6 years ago

              Totally awesome lens, Evelyn, and very much needed. Most of the middle and high school students I work with claim they can't read cursive and they certainly can't write it! I'm very much afraid it's a dying art and that would be a shame.

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              LakeMom 6 years ago

              My daughters are 11 & 13 and claim they can't read or write cursive. We are working this summer to correct that! Thanks for the great pointers! I was looking for something beyond the worksheets!

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              walnutgrovebooks 6 years ago

              This is a wonderful lens! My son has been learning cursive for the past couple of months. He still needs a lot of practice. I am going to use some of your ideas to make it more fun for him. I think he will really enjoy writing in pudding. Thanks for the ideas!

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              WorldVisionary 6 years ago

              Excellent timing for this lens! My oldest daughter just tried cursive writing tonight for the first time! I have a few handwriting lenses for the younger crowd: Free Handwriting Fonts For Preschool and Printable Writing Paper For Kindergarten

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              bossypants 6 years ago from America's Dairyland

              Well I was quite certain I learned the Palmer Method, but having researched it, I see I was taught ZB! I am not a teacher and I so thoroughly enjoyed this lens all the same. I can see how inspirational this lens must be for educators and parents. I was so enthralled with the content that I only peripherally realized how delightfully interactive you've made this lens! Deserving of the Purple Star. Congratulations!

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              anonymous 6 years ago

              As a student and an artist, I resisted learning to use the keyboard to write; my penmanship was legible and beautiful. As a high school teacher, and trying to stay ahead of my students in computer skills, I finally mastered the keyboard and began losing my cursive skills. Now, I will be homeschooling my granddaughter, who is entering the 6th grade and only able to write her name in cursive (if you can't bubble it in on an answer sheet, it isn't taught in school anymore). We will be learning together. Our goal is legibility and consistency in form, our culminating activity will be an illuminated manuscript we are both excited about the journey!

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              Rita-K 6 years ago

              print....I don't really remember at what age I decided I did not like the look of my longhand and changed to print. If you were my next door neighbor I would be at your house everyday to learn how to write again! You have such wonderful ways of teaching...love it.

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              efriedman 6 years ago

              Like Chris, I used to have good handwriting but university life, laboratory jobs and a generally hurried life have resulted often in a scrawl. I like his idea that to focus on handwriting is an exercise to slow the pace of the mind, something I could use from time to time.

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              ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

              I used to be able to write QUITE nicely, despite being a left-hander - 6 years at college, taking intensive high-speed notes all day long, 5-and-a-half days a week, appears to have done serious damage - is it ever too late to re-learn to slow the pace of the mind to the speed of the hand?