Cursive writing means joining the letters together. In the days of inkwells and feather quills children were taught to write a cursive script as their initial writing experience. Children from the age of six were able to manage this handwriting script. When pencils became readily available many schools switched over to ball and stick printing because for it was thought that this style is much easier for a child to learn.
Advocates of teaching cursive first believe that introducing printing as the initial handwriting script caused a range of other problems. These included less supervision when teaching cursive with some students never learning it properly, B and D confusion and other reading and writing problems because special sequences are lost with printing and fatigue in writing due to the disconnected strokes of letters.
If you would like to teach cursive earlier than Year 4 then I recommend our Cursive First Series.
- Blinky Bill Alphabet Copywork book for letters – PDF Blinky Bill Sample Italics Cursive and PDF Sample Blinky Bill Manuscript Cursive
- Beatrix Potter Classic Copywork – PDF Sample Beatrix Potter Italics Cursive and PDF Sample Beatrix Potter Manuscript Cursive
- Mother Goose Classic Copywork – PDF Sample Mother Goose Italics Cursive and PDF Sample Manuscript Cursive
Choose either our italics cursive font or manuscript cursive font.