Teaching Your Child to Write


It seems that I have received many e mails from parents and teachers about teaching handwriting, especially for left handed kids.  So I have compiled a list to help you.


Handwriting     Fonts     Left - Handedness     Problems and Solutions   

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Free cursive handwriting and manuscript worksheets and fonts for children's practice or teaching the D'Nealian alphabet and others.

Sonlight Handwriting Curriculum

Beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through anything from Fourth to Sixth Year , we encourage you to instruct your children in the skills of handwriting through one of three prize-winning programs: the Scripture-oriented, traditional handwriting program called A Reason for Handwriting; the Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting program; or the innovative, developmentally-oriented Handwriting Without Tears .



About Teaching Handwriting

12 Rules for Good Cursive Handwriting
Many people do not know that 'Cursive' just means 'Joined-up'. It is not the name of any particular style. A delightful page your kids will like, too.

A Common Sense Approach to the Teaching of Handwriting
Teach the sounds of the letters and the words that the letters make AS you teach the alphabet not after. Teach at least the reading of cursive at the same time that you teach manuscript.

Handwriting Help For Kids
Help a child master handwriting skills. A wealth of information, advice and
worksheets for parents, teachers and occupational therapists.

How to Teach Handwriting
There are three components to handwriting, whether a child is learning to print or write in cursive: correct letter formation, uniform letter size, and uniform slant.




Educational Fontware, Inc.
EFI makes and sells D'Nealian -style, Zaner-Bloser -style, Handwriting Without Tears (TM)-style, Harcourt Brace -style, Peterson Directed Handwriting -style, McDougal, Littell -style, Getty-Dubay Italic (TM), SSD, and Palmer style handwriting fonts. Commercial site.

Windows true type font (.ttf) to download directly from this link. Jardotty is a dotted alphabet good for creating your own traceable handwriting worksheets. Created by Christopher Jarman. (
Repaired version for Windows XP - Thank you, Jeff Walsh!)

Windows true type font (.ttf) to download directly from this link. Christopher Jarman cursive handwriting font. The solid line version of Jardotty.

Kids Fonts
Whether you're homeschooling, or are just tired of the prepackaged worksheets available to early-childhood educators, Kids Fonts is here to help!

Learning Cursive Handwriting
Commercial site: Fontmenu.com Cursive Handwriting typeface offers the possibility to create exercises that follow the guidelines of the D'Nealian  approach.

Learning Curve BV / Learning Curve BV Dashed
Learning Curve BV contains two versions, one is plain and the other dashed. This font also contains a set of dingbats that helps with practicing elements of cursive writing.

Print Clearly
Solid and dashed. From Blue Vinyl Fonts, which has lots of nice, free fonts for other uses as well.

School Fonts
Mac & Win. Commercial. Block Letters and Cursive Handwriting typefaces enable any computer user to create exercises that follow the guidelines of the D'Nealian  or the Zaner-Bloser  approach and letter forming teaching techniques.




Tip: When creating worksheets for lefties, put the samples across the top, not down the left side.

QUESTION: (Left-Handed Writing)

My son is left handed and he looks very awkward and uncomfortable when he tries to write. His writing is pretty illegible as well.
Is there anything that I can do to make writing easier for him to master?


Writing from left to right, as we do in English, allows a right handed person to look at his writing as it progresses. A "lefty", however, has difficulty visually monitoring handwriting since his hand covers his writing. Because of this, "Lefties" can develop some bad habits.
These include:

1- A hooked grasp - the wrist bends forward (this positions a child's fingers above his writing and allows him to see what he is writing). This is a very bad position for writing since it does not allow efficient finger control for good letter formation.

2- An "ulnar" grasp - the child holds the pencil between his thumb with all four fingers along the shaft. The pinky finger is closest to the pencil tip. This grasp is undesirable because the pinky must guide pencil movements and the hand is unstable.

Tips For Teaching "Lefties" to Write:

Position the paper on the desk so it is completely left of the child's midline. Never in the writing process should a the left handed child cross over the midline.

Angle the paper so that it lies parallel to the child's forearm. This is likely to be close to a 45 degree angle which is a greater angle than "righties" use. Encourage kids to learn how to position paper themselves. To ensure correct positioning, affix tape to the desk to provide an outline of the position in which a paper should lie.

Lisa Marnell MS, OTR/L


Anything Left-Handed
We are a group of left-handed people providing products and information to make life a bit easier for left-handers around the world and campaigning to promote awareness, acceptance and empathy for left-handers.

Coaching Ergonomics - The Position Skills
Excellent page, with animated illustrations to help a right handed tutor understand how to instruct a young left handed person.

DKL Cursive and DKR Cursive
These fonts are patterned after the handwriting methods in the workbooks "Cursive Writing Skills," by Diana Hanbury King. Ms. King has produced both a Right-handed Edition and a Left-handed Edition.

The Left-Handed Child in a Right-Handed World
Tips on how to figure out if a child is left handed and how to teach him how to write. By Clinton Hackney, Ed. D., Language Arts Consultant, Zaner-Bloser.

An online store for things designed for left-handed folks, such as left-handed scissors.



Problems & Solutions

Accommodations and Modifications for Students with Handwriting Problems and/or Dysgraphia
Many students struggle to produce neat, expressive written work, whether or not they have accompanying physical or cognitive difficulties. They may learn much less from an assignment because they must focus on writing mechanics instead of content.

Often, dysgraphia is misunderstood. Parents and teachers may think you are lazy or that you don't care about neatness. This means you have to try even harder to show that you do care.

Handwriting Club
Using Sensory Integration Strategies to Improve Handwriting. Students with difficulties in sensory processing, sensory awareness, and/or perceptual skills usually have handwriting problems.

Is it Just Sloppy or Something More?
Handwriting is, by far, the most difficult task a human will ever master. It requires not only fine muscle coordination but a series of imaging, referencing, reassessing, planning and associating meanings to combinations of letters and words.

Pocket Full of Therapy
Sells writing paper and graph paper with raised lines so that sensory learners can "feel" their way along as the write.




ACME Label Maker
If your child can read capital letters, you can make custom labels here, transfer to your own document, print on special "sticker" paper, and cut out to stick on things.

Addressing Envelopes Practice
Print out these envelopes and stamps to use to practice addressing and stamping envelopes correctly.

The Amazing - Incredible Handwriting Worksheet Maker
Allows you to formulate a worksheet with your child's name or a short sentence in any of 5 fonts, manuscript or italic.

Commercial site. Handwriting exercises to music to improve small-muscle skills and eye-hand coordination. Good for aural learners young and old.

D'Nealian Alphabet
Print out these worksheets to practice this alphabet. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

D'Nealian Style Handwriting
Printable worksheets from ABC Teach.

Donna Young's Handwriting Paper
A series of graded lined paper .pdf files with a wide variety of uses for free writing practice. Some have space at the top for a picture.

Jan Brett's Alphabet Line Bulletin Board Set
Jan has such a charming set of alphabet posters, you'll want them to decorate your room. They are in traditional, cursive and modern manuscript.

Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting
Sample worksheets in Acrobat format. Information on ordering the whole series.

Handwriting For Kids
Each lesson is featured on its own page, and kids are shown in simple steps how to write the numbers, letters, and sentences. Kids can trace uppercase and lowercase letters, and even blank sheets are provided for kids to practice more before their next lessons.

Handwriting Practice Sheets
These sheets may be printed and reproduced by parents, guardians, and teachers for home or classroom use. Donna Young's collection.

Handwriting Sample Lessons
Zaner-Blosser. The importance of choosing an effective handwriting curriculum cannot be underestimated. It's a choice that will shape a child's habits and abilities for life.

Handwriting Worksheets
Some pretty basic worksheets for beginning printers. One in Zaner Bloser font.

Handwriting Worksheets ~Pdf.

Leona's ABC's
Watch the animations on this site. When you're ready to try it yourself, print out this page and draw on top of the letter to practice writing it! Then choose another letter from the list.

The Physical Language Workout Space
This offers a game-like challenge for the student. Level one presents a link to the second level. The goal is gross motor patterning of the correct letter building process including a rhythm for the movement sequence. For those who don't mind fingerprints on their computer monitor.


Thanks to the A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling site.