While some consider cursive a long-lost art, the printing style of handwriting is still as important today as ever before. As students grow more confident in their handwriting ability, they will also be able to identify and recognize syllables more easily. Education.com has prepared several handwriting worksheets below that will introduce your students not only to printing, but the more elegant cursive.
Unless your students all plan to become doctors and lawyers, they need to ensure their handwriting remains crisp, clear, and legible.
Today, children in English-speaking countries begin learning how to write with block letters. Words written in block style printing have completely separate letters. Once children in English-speaking countries are older, they may begin to learn cursive, otherwise known as longhand.
Cursive is not as prominent in America today. By the 1940s, colleges largely ceased instructing students in cursive handwriting. That means that those students who later became educators lacked the skills to teach their future students. Changes in pen technology, which shifted the writing instrument of choice from the fountain to the ball point pen, meant the careful penmanship of the past was also no longer necessary.
Though today some consider cursive a dying art, your students can learn cursive smoothly using the Education.com resources above. In addition to refining their penmanship, the worksheets will reinforce students’ spelling skills.
Because handwriting practice often goes hand in hand with spelling practice, teachers often start young students out with practicing writing the alphabet. Special dashed and dotted line handwriting worksheets help students differentiate between capital and lowercase letters. It helps to have a few traceable examples printed either in a transparent or dashed text.
With ample practice, your students will soon be able to write short sentences and paragraphs. In time, they may even develop cursive handwriting skills. In the meantime, set your students up for success with plenty of worksheet practice.