Typically taught during the elementary school years, cursive writing builds on the letter formation of block letters or printing. The pencil doesn’t leave the paper in cursive writing and letters flow together.
Step 1: Study the alphabet Find and download practice sheets from the internet. Study the cursive alphabet and examine how each letter is formed.
TIP: Place tracing paper over the practice sheet and trace the letters with your pencil. This will train you to mimic the flow of the letters and obtain the proper form.
Step 2: Practice the letters Practice writing each letter of the alphabet. Write the letters over and over until they look like the letters on your practice sheets.
TIP: Rather than practicing letters in alphabetical order, group similarly shaped letters together. For example, write h, n, m, and x together.
Step 3: Expand your repertoire Write your name in cursive, which is your signature. Practice copying short sentences from a book, until you can form the letters without thinking.
Step 4: Write paragraphs Proceed to writing full paragraphs. Be sure to incorporate the more uncommon letters, such as the capital Q, X, Z, and F, in your writings in order to master them.
Step 5: Keep practicing Keep practicing your cursive writing until it’s second nature.
FACT: A recent study showed that children write faster and longer with a pen rather than when typing on a keyboard.