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How to Teach Cursive Letters

You might have noticed a few cursive handwriting activities on the blog recently. I have a new third grader who learned cursive letters last year in second grade and is excited to write more in cursive handwriting this year in third grade.  I loved teaching kids to write in cursive as a school-based Occupational Therapist. 

I loved teaching motor planning to form letters, line and size awareness to keep the letters on the lines, and re-trace with the cursive swoops and loops to help make written work legible.  

So, with my own kiddo being so excited to improve her cursive, I decided to work through the alphabet and share tips and tricks to help parents and teachers teach cursive letters.  There are many school districts that are cutting cursive instruction from their curriculum. For parents who have students in those many school districts, it can be overwhelming to teach their kids cursive letters and written work.  

On this page, you'll find links to all of the cursive letter posts as they are created.  Be sure to bookmark this page and come back often as we go through the cursive letters of the alphabet.  

You'll notice that the cursive letters are not being done in alphabetical order. There is a reason for the cursive letter order that we're doing.  


How to teach cursive letters to kids and students with creative tricks and tips

It's important to mention that there is a lot of talk and debate about schools cutting cursive instruction from the learning day.  There is even a push to teach cursive handwriting before manuscript. Whatever your thoughts, it might be of interest to teach or supplement your child's cursive handwriting instruction with creative, hands-on learning styles.  Parents can use these tips to teach kids cursive handwriting at home.  Teachers can use these tips and tools in the classroom. And therapists can use these ideas in the clinic setting.

How to teach each of the cursive letters:



 How to teach kids to write letter c in cursive


You'll find lots of creative ways to practice these cursive letters here: 




16 comments :

  1. Your site is my number one stop for all things related to handwriting and fine motor skills. So many awesome ideas.

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  2. Your site is my number one stop for all things related to handwriting and fine motor skills. So many awesome ideas.

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  3. This is fabulous! My first grader is fascinated by cursive and can't wait to start learning to write it himself -- these activities will be perfect for him! Thank you.

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  4. My 7 year old begged me over the summer to start learning cursive. Since they don't teach it in school here anymore, I'm glad to have some tips on how to teach her - thank you!

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  5. I remember so vividly learning to write in cursive letters in elementary school. It's unfortunate that so many schools doing teach it, especially when there is so much research suggesting that it actually engages the brain differently than manuscript and is an important part of learning. Plus, I know my 4 year old is really interested in it and the fluency of writing. (She would love to never pick up her pencil when she writes!)

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  6. Thank you for the great tips. It won't be long till we will be working on this, so very helpful.

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  7. Fab tips. My boys have only ever learned cursive, from being at preschool it is all that is taught. It is really hard for little ones sometimes.

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  8. I loved learning cursive when I was in school. I think it is still a great skill to learn. Thanks for the great resources!

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  9. You always have such great tips to help kids with handwriting skills. My daughter is wanting to learn cursive, so I am bookmarking this page to teach cursive to her this year.

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  10. were not quite there but ill definitely be referring back to this.
    thanks for sharing
    Nae - PBP

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  11. I had no idea that some schools were cutting cursive writing. My boys are only in preschool and as I went to school in Europe I'm not much in touch with the American learning system that goes beyond preschool. I definitely want my kids to learn cursive writing

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  12. Such a useful guide! Our schools stopped teaching cursive but the teachers still write feedback & notes in cursive at the MS and HS so now my kids have to ask me to read their feedback. So, I'm trying to teach them some cursive so they can at least read it :)

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  13. This will be a great resource. We were still teaching cursive a few years ago at the Montessori charter school, but not sure if they do still.

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  14. We have four special needs kiddos. All are learning cursive as it's so much easier for them to write than print. (They've learned print too. They just prefer cursive.) These are great tips! Thank you!

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  15. We have four special needs kiddos. All are learning cursive as it's so much easier for them to write than print. (They've learned print too. They just prefer cursive.) These are great tips! Thank you!

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  16. Awesome tips! I remember learning cursive so vividly, unfortunately my daughter's school don't teach it.

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