Cursive Handwriting or Manuscript Handwriting for Kids?

Back-to-School and the debate over whether to teach cursive handwriting or manuscript handwriting style to kids heats up.

You might think with all the texting and computers in use there is no need for such archaic techniques?  We aren’t there yet.  Until everyone has access with our technology, and electronic signatures are the mainstay, our children still need to learn the mechanics of handwriting.

Here are 7 mechanics and strokes needed for cursive and manuscript handwriting success:  Make your own templates for practice, practice, practice by copying these examples.  Enlarge templates to fit writing size paper.

1.  Slant and space:  whether left-handed or right-handed, letters in words need spacing and direction(slant) as well as adequate spacing between words.


Here are examples of practice cards for beginning handwriting skill development.
Make the separations equal in width and slant.



A sample slant and space card for manuscript.




A sample slant and space card for cursive.  Right handed.


A sample slant and space card for cursive.  Left handed.


2.  Doodles: once the formation of letters is learned, the rate of forming letters in words needs to be increased.  These two doodle shapes will increase this ability.  Replicate them faster and faster.





3.  Lines:  Trace over these lines.



4.  Circles:  Trace over these circles.





5.  Ovals: Trace over these ovals.






6.  Plus Signs: Trace over these shapes.






7.  Triangles:  Trace over these shapes.






Resource:  Guiding Growth in Handwriting published by Zaner-Bloser Company.


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