Printable cursive writing worksheets help you teach your students how to write in cursive. Cursive writing is easy! 'Just connect the letters with five basic strokes.
Well, some children do not see it that way, unless you encourage them that fancy cursive writing is simple and fun.
These PDF cursive practice sheets are easy to file, print, and use. See them below.
All of the free printable worksheets on this page use the usual third or fourth grade sized line spacing.
Teaching cursive writing can be easy if you make it an adventure. Basically there are six strokes to connect letters:
See more instructions below.
If your elementary school students already know how to write in manuscript, encourage them that writing in cursive is as easy as connecting the letters together. The rest is style.
Write the manuscript alphabet on the board or a piece of paper, or some part of it. Then make the connections both on the board and in their minds by drawing the connecting strokes.
Truly, that's most of writing in cursive.
With beginners or those who struggle, another idea for teaching cursive handwriting is to drag your lines on the board as you move to write the next letter in a word. Say the letter or its sound as you write the letters naming the strokes you're using.
Students like seeing that
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Practicing cursive offers an "Aha!" moment for some reluctant readers. When they see the break between the words in their own handwriting, they often make a better association for where words start and where they end in their reading, certainly in their handwriting. :-)
Cursive writing instructions for adults is the same as for children. A beginner is a beginner.
Learning how to write in cursive as an adult can actually be easier, especiall if you've been printing with an italic hand, meaning your letters already slant as if for cursive script.
Best advice? Long story short?
Connect the letters as you write.
You can learn style as you practice writing in cursive hand.
For adults who will be using these cursive script sheets print the pages "two-up" so that you can use the smaller font and less paper. No sense trudging through larger handwriting to learn cursive.
It is the same for basic cursive practice for older kids and high school students. Keep it short and sweet.
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Basically, there are five cursive strokes to add to the manuscript letters. Romalda Spalding has an excellent description in her book at Amazon, The Writing Road to Reading.
The whole lesson is only six pages and can be taught in just a few classes. Truly, I've seen even small children learn to write in cursive in just two weeks using what she wrote.
She taught several general rules like "All letters sit on the base line." Then she writes that you should teach the terms for the five strokes as you show how to connect the letters:
You can read more about using her book for teaching reading by teaching writing.
Usually, the capital letters do not connect with the rest of a word, yet these capitals letters can be connected to the rest of a word:
Once your students have learned both upper and lower case cursive, they can stay sharp practicing this cursive sentence with all letters present:
The first image can be used for crayon or finger tracing "just to get the idea" of the cursive alphabet.
These 26 PDF printable cursive worksheets show the alphabet in cursive with upper and lower case practice for each individual letter of the alphabet.
The instruction guides show the upper and lower case cursive directions for where to start and where to end each letter, A-Z.
Each page has the capital or upper case letter and the lower case letter for each letter of the alphabet.
Why put upper case letters first? Children often learn best what they learn first.
Since most cursive letter writing is lower case and since most cursive words practice is lower case, it is a good idea to practice these cursive letters first.
See these worksheets for the lower case alphabet in cursive:
These five worksheets show the lower case cursive handwriting alphabet.
Print or download five PDF pages of cursive letter writing practice worksheets.
The first letter is solid with a line of practice letters that are dashed and blank space to practice the lower case letters.
Lower case cursive Q?
Demonstrate that the flag is like the manuscript and moves forward "in the direction in which we write".
Cursive capital letters are often made just like the lower case alphabet in cursive. See these sheets for capital letter writing practice:
Print or download five PDF pages of cursive uppercase writing alphabet practice.
The first capital letter is solid for better visualization and has a line of dashed practice letters.
The blank space is for practicing the cursive uppercase letters.
Uppercase cursive Q?
Teach the style that you use most or use the big Quaker Oats Q. That's what I do.
Enter: The short dip.
Many times it's hardest for children to get the idea of connecting letters that use the short dip or a connecting loop at the midpoint or midline.
Staying at the mid-line is the trick, and these practice cursive worksheets are the answer.
Since b and o each end at the mid-line, they are difficult letter combinations. Practicing letter combinations with this stroke makes the letters easier to form in everyday handwriting in a continuous stretch of letters.
Use these free cursive writing worksheets to show your students how to write cursive letters that end with a short dip at the midpoint.
See the individual pages first or download the group of five all at once at the link below the individual pages (2.F.).
These letter pairs for mixed cursive writing practice include: br, oe, we, ve, oo, on.
Focus on starting at the midpoint and dipping right back to it.
Take time to demonstrate the short dip and show how it connects the first and second letters.
The better the children can make each letter on this page, the easier the next four pages will be. Allow plenty of time.
See all five of the above cursive handwriting worksheets in one download:
This download is a collection of all five cursive handwriting worksheets above with some space at the end for your choice of difficult letter combinations.
Print all five two sided for fifth and sixth grade review work.
Older students like the elegant look of smaller cursive fonts, so you can print these two-up for a nice effect.
This next set uses a larger sized font for first and second grade handwriting.
3.A. Buy our bundled Cursive Spelling Words Lists. See our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade spelling words worksheets for cursive words. The words are printed in cursive for your students to practice writing three times each.
3.B. See our common and compound Nouns Lists. Awesome spelling practice and awesome cursive writing practice.
3.C. Spelling and writing number words in cursive: great practice writing checks.
Four 3rd grade cursive writing worksheets: These worksheets are for cursive writing for grade 3 and higher and have space for copywork underneath each line.
If you want smaller line spacing for grades 5 and 6, print the sheets two up. High school levels can be printed in multiples of four.
Moving up through the handwriting skills levels: These worksheets have the text to the left of the writing space.
It takes more thinking to copy the sentences this way.
These cursive writing worksheets may be best as 4th, 5th, and 6th grade cursive writing worksheets rather than 3rd grade.
See our Robert Louis Stephenson's poems, A Child's Garden of Verses, in four formats, one of which is cursive writing. You'll find 61 cursive writing worksheets with poems and sentences here.
PrintNPractice grammar worksheets are available with cursive sentences for even more cursive writing worksheets using easy sentences for grammar lessons or handwriting practice.
Buy the bundles with manuscript and cursive handwriting worksheets.