Cursive writing sheets

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onedayatatime73 Sun 07-Jan-18 19:04:37

My dd has just started reception where they are taught to write cursive right from the off (instead of writing in block first).

I am trying to find some writing sheets for her to trace (to save me endlessly drawing out the dots!). But the ones I have found aren't the same as the way she is taught. Her school teach so that each letter starts in the line and goes up to start the letter. Not sure if that makes sense. Can anyone recommend a site where I can find the sheets?

(I have asked her teacher and she didn't know). Would appreciate any advice.

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Believeitornot Mon 08-Jan-18 06:30:10

My ds’s School gave out the short so I photocopied it. Can you do that?

catkind Mon 08-Jan-18 14:26:10

Yes ask school for a copy. It might even be on their webpage. Both DCs' schools have supplied them with nice dots and arrows showing the children (and parents!) how to form the letters. I laminated one, second school gave us one already laminated, they've been really useful to trace or refer to.

You can get most UK styles here as a font but it does cost a small amount:

junglebookisthebest Mon 08-Jan-18 14:42:00

are you sure the teacher can't provide anything - ours has given one out in the book bag and also provided exactly this in the christmas activity book?

MrsU88 Mon 08-Jan-18 17:18:29

I think most schools are doing this now.
My 9yrs old started doing normal letters then moved to cursive in yr 1/2
My 6 yrs old went straight to cursive in reception.

Try pintrest , twinkl (there's sometimes free ones on there), tes (I think it is) and ask at school.

A whiteboard is fab for learning to write as you can redo so many times without a mountain of paper.

partydownseason2 Wed 10-Jan-18 19:28:30

Check twinkl, lots on there

DoubleNegativePanda Wed 10-Jan-18 19:30:16

At least they're teaching it. The only reason my daughter can write in cursive is because I taught her myself. American schools don't seem to teach it anymore, nor put any emphasis on penmanship. Seems to be a "why bother, they type everything" situation. Drives me mad.


BlaWearie Wed 10-Jan-18 19:36:55

Can you download the 'boring boring' font? That's what I used.

Norestformrz Wed 10-Jan-18 19:54:00

You need to ask the school our writing style isn't available anywhere

Mistoffelees Wed 10-Jan-18 19:58:04

There is a lot of evidence that young children aren't ready for cursive due to how the bones in the wrist form. I know that's not really helpful but might explain why American schools don't do it anymore DoubleNegative

Norestformrz Wed 10-Jan-18 20:12:56

About five years ago schools in the USA announced teaching cursive was a waste of time (nothing to do with bones) but apparently it's making a comeback in elementary schools. There is research that shows handwriting helps memory in ways using a keyboard doesn't.

Mistoffelees Wed 10-Jan-18 21:23:23

Norest yes I agree with the research for older children but for children up to the age of 7 it is very difficult for many to form the letters in the flow that cursive requires due to bone development in the wrist, I can't find the research for this right now but will find it at school tomorrow if you're interested at all.

The National Handwriting Association also don't support teaching cursive for young children, I can't link the article because it's PDF but if you Google "cursive writing young children" it's the first result that comes up and there's a link and some further information here-

Norestformrz Thu 11-Jan-18 04:53:57

I'm not in favour of cursive writing from the beginning. I think it's important to learn how to form single separate letters first from a developmental point. But that isn't why schools in the USA stopped teaching cursive.

SandLand Thu 11-Jan-18 05:43:11

I think the letters starting st the line are pre cursive. Try googling "pre cursive worksheet" and see if the right stuff comes up.

Norestformrz Thu 11-Jan-18 06:00:10

Pre cursive normally have an exit stroke (flick) but not the entry (from the line)

Hollyandtheiveee Thu 11-Jan-18 06:15:50

I don’t really agree with teaching this so early either. But you can always write in yellow for her to trace. Easier than dots.

catkind Thu 11-Jan-18 16:03:54

At both DC's schools they've taught separate letters not joined in reception, but with those in and out strokes so they're ready to join in due course. They call it cursive, but seems like some people don't because it isn't joined. Seems to me that has some advantages, and still satisfies the requirement of learning to form each letter separately first.

The initial letter formation is a little more complicated in some ways but easier in others - all letters start in the same place and on the line, much less b/d confusion. But the joining happens really naturally in contrast to the way DS's school used to do it where they had to learn letter formation all over again in year 2 to add the lead-ins, then spent ages persuading them to remember to use their new difficult slow joined writing rather than the unjoined one without lead-ins which they've practised and are quick at.

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