Many students don’t learn to write cursive, which means they can’t read it, either. If we keep going this way, we’ll have a generation that can’t read our founding documents. Luckily, there are many great FREE online programs to teach kids this valuable skill. One in particular is very, very good.
PrintableCursive.com is my favorite site for teaching cursive. My favorite part is First Year Cursive. This presents three leveled packets for teaching all cursive letters. Each page is lovely, with beautiful handwriting and a nice word/picture based on letters the student can write.
Printable Cursive offers primers in three cursive fonts: ABeka, D’Nealian, and Zaner-Bloser. I learned D’Nealian as a second grader, but prefer Zaner-Bloser because the Q looks like a Q. None of that silly loopy 2 stuff for Zaner-Bloser.
Click HERE for 3 levels of first-year cursive in each of 3 fonts.
Click HERE for intermediate cursive: practice writing cursive while learning about the world. (Coutnries of South America, poisonous snakes of the world, and other interesting topics.)
Click HERE for advanced cursive: more writing, more advanced topics, more fun!
Enhance your cursive writing unit by reading Beverly Cleary’s Muggie Maggie, about a girl who refuses to learn cursive and winds up in a silly predicament. Her teachers motivate Maggie by making her a messenger. She carries notes to vairous teachesr. The notes are written in cursive, and Maggie can’t read them. But she can tell that they all contain her name…
Click HERE for my post about Muggie Maggie.