Cursive Handwriting ~ step-by-step for beginners

We use laminated charts instead of handwriting books or programs!

cursive handwriting chart lower & upper

Most handwriting programs start with patterns, then teach similar letter shapes, then words with those letters and so on.

We do Charlotte Mason’s method of narrations and copywork, and when my children want to all their written work in cursive, I find these programs progress through the teaching process too slowly.

I teach them handwriting quickly and easily with a laminated alphabet chart and a whiteboard marker, and teach the letters in the following order:

Lower case letters ~

cursive chart lower case letters

  1. Find and copy over all round oval body letters ~ c, then a, d, g, and q
  2. Find and copy over all the loop letters~ l, b, h, f and k
  3. Find and copy over top curve letters ~ n, m, p and r
  4. Find and copy over bottom curve letters ~ u, v, w and y
  5. Find and copy over dot and cross letters (only letters to lift pen to complete!) ~ i, j and t
  6. Find and copy over e, s, x and z
  7. Find and copy over bottom loop letters ~ g, j, y and z
Upper case letters ~

cursive chart upper case letters

  1. Find and copy over oval letters ~ O, Q, A and X
  2. Find and copy over loop letters ~ C, G, L, S, E and Z
  3. Find and copy over curving over letters ~ N,  M, U, V, W and Y
  4. Find and copy over straight shape letters ~ H, K, P, R, D and B
  5. Find and copy over start @ top letters ~ T, F
  6. Find and copy over loop from middle letters ~ I and J

This method helps children ~

  • familiarize themselves with the entire alphabet
  • recognize letters and find them randomly
  • learn to form letter shapes correctly
  • practice short, happy lessons as Charlotte Mason suggests :)
  • run through the alphabet in sequence (when mom is sure they know how to form each letter)

Some more tips ~

  • talk as you show the child how to form the letters
  • watch closely and wipe any mistakes out immediately and correct the writing before bad habits or confusion is set
  • First trace over, then copy, then refer to chart until they can write without references

Here’s your downloads ~

Pop over to my Handwriting Pages for more tips, downloads and practical advice.

Blessings,

c, then a, d, g, and q
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4 thoughts on “Cursive Handwriting ~ step-by-step for beginners

  1. Pingback: Practical Pages’ Top 10 Posts so far … « Practical Pages

  2. Leart exactly the way you describe when I was A child in 1950s. We had ink and pens you dipped. We were only allowed fountain pens when we had mastered the art of blot- free writing.

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