How To Write In Cursive
Click any letter below to find out how to draw that letter in cursive.
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There are a few ways to help you learn to write in cursive. Writing in cursive is not difficult and once you pick it up. In cursive, the letters flow together from one to the next. While most people will learn cursive during their basic education, it stops being an emphasis the later in schooling you go. While some may prefer to write in print letters, cursive writing has a better look and allows you to write at a greater speed, which is essential when taking lecture notes or try to complete an idea on paper before it escapes you. The majority of college students will write in cursive, and learning how to write in cursive earlier will make everything you write more legible and easier to understand.
The first way to help you learn to write in cursive is to look at all the letters in the cursive alphabet and study how each letter is formed. Each letter has a spot where is starts and end, and should be written in this manner. Each letter should also be made in one sold stroke unless noted, since taking the pencil away from the paper will create a gap in the letter or make it look uneven. Refer to the cursive alphabet pictured above.
Second is to practice writing each letter of the alphabet. Write the letters over and over until they look like the letters in the picture above. Practicing writing the letter properly will make forming words from them easier. If you can write the individual letters without thinking about them, you are ready to move on to words and sentences. Make sure you have writing the letter down first, since learning this step incorrectly will make for more issues later.
Now try writing a few phrases, names, or small sentences. Remember not to rush into things before you're ready. If you start writing paragraphs before you are completely comfortable with words, you will start to make some mistakes. Most people start with writing their name, starting with their first name, then their last name, finally putting them both together. Learning your signature, which is your name written in cursive, is a key step in learning how to write in cursive.
Now move onto writing larger sentences and paragraphs, using words that have a variety of letters. Most of the sentences people start out writing use common letters such as A, I, S, T, R, O, U, M, and N. While most will get really good at writing words involving these and other common letters, they will have issues using letters that aren't commonly used. Make sure you use the letters Q, X, Z, F, and B. Mastering the less used letters now will keep you writing in cursive smoothly when you encounter them. It is quite common to observe someone writing in perfect cursive, then putting a print letter Q or Z in the middle of their writing.
Finally, all you need to do is keep trying and don't give up. The only way to get better at cursive is to keep writing. (PRATICE MAKES PERFECT!)
Some Tips For Learning How To Write In Cursive
When you are starting out learning how to write in cursive, one of the easiest tips is to use tracing paper. Putting tracing paper over something like the image at the top of this page will allow you to confidently practice your form. Writing the alphabet over and over like this will ensure you get the proper strokes down, and that you're constructing your letters properly. After you've moved away from tracing paper, start using larger ruled paper with a middle line. This will make sure you're writing your letters the proper height and proportion. Make sure you use this kind of paper until you've got paragraph writing down.
Make sure you work with writing in with both pencils and pens. You should start out with pencils, but after you've gotten up to writing paragraphs, try writing in ink a bit.
Also, after you've got your letters down and are proficient at writing words and small sentences, try copying out of a book. Copying a paragraph is a great technique for practicing your words and sentences. It allows you to focus more on the writing without having to come up with the sentences yourself. You will also have a wider variety of words to practice, rather than limiting yourself to common words you know.
With most of the emphasis in schools going towards computer skills, proper handwriting doesn't have as much space. Many students will learn how to type before they learn how to write in cursive well, but handwriting is still an important part of the educational process.
Finally, don't be scared. Anyone can learn to write in cursive at any age. If you haven't learned yet, the sooner you start the quicker you'll learn.
Tips For Parents
If you are a parent trying to help your child learn to write in cursive, their are a few tips and traps you should be aware of while helping them.
There are several video links at the top of this page which can offer some additional guidance to learning how to write in cursive. Good luck, and remember, practice makes perfect.
- If you have been writing in cursive for years, you have probably adapted some of your own letter and word difference, like using a print M instead of a cursive M. Observe this and make sure you child is following the cursive alphabet only to avoid confusion.
- Check their work closely, since one small mistake early can snowball into a big problem later.
- Once they've gotten into writing paragraphs, select diverse paragraphs for them to copy in order to ensure they are getting practice with all their letters as equally as possible.
- Learning how to write in cursive is usually taught in elementary school, typically around 3th grade. If they are in the 5th grade and cannot write in cursive, you should start to work with them directly and discuss options with their teacher.
- Remember to be patient and let them practice. If you get frustrated with this, it will only hinder their learning.