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From Printing to Script: A Kids' Guide to Learning Cursive

From the moment students start their school careers they are taught to write. Most kids start off learning print writing before cursive writing is introduced. Unlike print writing, cursive writing does not compose each letter individually; instead the style allows the writer to join the letters and create a flowing writing style. Cursive is a writing style that is almost as old as print writing and can be found in many cultures. Japanese, Russian, Chinese, and Greek forms of cursive exist. A form of Egyptian cursive was even found on the Rosetta Stone.

Despite the popularity of writing on computers, text messaging and email, cursive writing is still taught today. However, it is used on such rare occasions, that a handwritten thank you note or postcard is often perceived as more personal than a typed message. Although not taught in all school districts, many American students will learn cursive in their classroom by the time they are in third grade. Learning cursive can help kids improve their fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Since cursive allows kids to see how individual letters group together to form words it may also help to improve reading skills. The use of cursive writing is not just for practical uses, however. When used selectively in the professional sector, a handwritten card or note can make quite a positive impression. With the onset of the digital revolution, modern technology has introduced the invention of handwritten fonts. Simultaneously, many corporations are beginning to implement more authenticity into their marketing. As a result, it is not uncommon to see brochures and other printed marketing materials designed with a combination of handwritten fonts, and graphic design elements that depict a genuine and trustworthy brand. The topic of whether cursive should remain in the school curriculum is a controversial matter; one that has sparked a nationwide debate. Typing skills have become a must, but many experts believe that a legible signature is still critical for daily life. No one knows what will become of the future of cursive. Advocates say they hope educators will allow handwriting courses to remain part of the curriculum. They believe every child should have the opportunity to learn the basic skills they will need for a lifetime.

Alphabet Practice

These worksheets are useful for kids just learning how to write, or those looking to make their cursive writing neater.

Animated Cursive Letters

Have fun learning cursive with these animated letters that show exactly how each cursive letter is formed.

Cursive Alphabet Worksheets

Print basic cursive alphabet worksheets here.

Cursive Animations

These cursive animations include all lower and capital letters as well as a few two letter words.

Cursive Handwriting Worksheets

These cursive worksheets group together words with similar strokes to make them easier to learn.

Cursive: Numbers

Practice cursive numbers and number words. Number animations are also offered. 

Cursive Writing Chart

Display this chart of cursive letters and numbers for a quick reference guide.  

Cursive Writing Lesson

This lesson and the quiz that follows explain to kids how to practice cursive writing.

Custom Tracer Pages

Make your very own phrases! These custom and pre-typed tracer pages are offered in various themes and can be used to write names, mini books, and sentences in cursive.

Dinosaur Alphabet Cards

Print this dinosaur cursive alphabet to make flash cards for word recognition.

D'Nealian-Style Printouts

Practice writing the alphabet in cursive with these printouts that focus on two letters at a time and feature small words to trace.

E-Workbook For Kindergarten Cursive Writing

This workbook can be used for kindergarteners along with help from a parent or teacher. The workbook teaches kids about cursive through finger tracking, models of the words, and lots of practice sheets.

Free Printable Alphabet Handwriting Pages

These cursive practice sheets are in lowercase, capital letters, and in several cursive styles including D’Nealian, Zaner-Bloser, and Getty-Dubay style.

Free Handwriting Practice

These exercise worksheets include easy cursive practice for tracing letters and writing individual words and sentences. Advanced cursive practice worksheets feature multiple sentences for practice.

Jan Brett Alphabet

The alphabet in cursive along with a picture to represent each word can be combined to form a cursive book for kids or used to make flashcards.

Learning, Writing Cursive

Have fun with coloring! These pages from Crayola allow kids to trace each letter and draw and color objects that begin with the same letter.

Letter Combination Worksheet

This basic worksheet can be used to start working on making letter combinations in cursive.

Lowercase Cursive Writing Worksheets

It can be easier to learn cursive by focusing on the lower case letters first and doing in order of difficulty. These practice sheets let kids trace the letters and trace pairs and leave room for kids to practice making their own letters.

Mountain Climbers

This worksheet from Scholastic walks kids through dealing with letters that require upstrokes and downstrokes. 

Paragraph Cursive Handwriting Worksheets

Master the basics of making words in cursive then move up to writing paragraphs. These custom worksheets allow you to create unique paragraphs and then print for handwriting practice.

Princess Cursive Alphabet

Little girls will love this princess themed cursive practice which can be used for practice or hung on the wall for review.

The Three Little Pigs Word Mat

Mix fairy tales with cursive writing. Reviewing vocabulary from the Three Little Pigs in cursive can help with writing and letter formation.

Tracing Cursive Handwriting Generator

Make handwriting practice sheets featuring whatever text you want. Multiple paragraphs can be entered.

Words Starting With...

These printable cursive worksheets allow kids to practice writing words that start with each letter in the alphabet.  

Write My Alphabet

Learn along with Kat! Click on any letter to watch Kat show you how to trace the letter.

Writing Worksheets

These long lists of cursive worksheets include worksheets for practicing each individual word along with sheets for reviewing multiple words at once.