These free alphabet cursive worksheets are absolutely awesome ways to give your kids extra handwriting practice.
Get ideas and tips for making it fun and building cursive confidence plus a FREE pack of 26 pages with different ways to practice upper case and lower case cursive letters of the alphabet!
Is It Worth It to Teach Cursive Writing to Your Kids?
I kind of feel like I’ve been in a homeschool bubble. Not that I’m complaining 😉
Since I pulled my 2 older boys out of public school, I haven’t stayed too up-to-date in that world.
I didn’t realize that there was this debate over teaching cursive writing to kids.
Or that it’s not a requirement for public schools anymore (well, in 41 states).
I guess you could use the word shocked to describe my reaction. Sometimes I’m glad that I live in my introverted lil’ world under a rock in my cave!
Although I didn’t care for cursive writing lessons when I was in public school (my second-grade teacher, an ex-nun who liked to use a ruler for correction, could attest to that), I never questioned the importance of learning it.
Or why I would teach it in our homeschool.
When I look back on my experience (however negative it was), I realize that I gained SO much from learning how to read and write in cursive.
- Being able to provide a signature on a legal document (and initial with first letter of their names)
- Relishing in the ability to read a historical document
- Enjoying a modern cursive font when scrolling through Pinterest or other social media platform
- Reading advertising with cursive writing
- Having the ease of writing in cursive in my journal, with a delightful flow of letters that just glide out of my pen
I think it hit me when my second boy (Professor) requested to learn cursive. He’s our history buff and wanted to make sure that he could read historical documents. (He had asked me about that “fancy” writing on the Declaration of Independence AND on my graduate school diploma.)
My oldest had a basic grasp of cursive writing from his brief stint in public school. I figured that it was worth it to expand upon his learning as I taught one of his younger brothers. And I’m so glad that I did…
The Benefits of Learning Cursive Writing for Kids (& When to Start)
I mentioned a few of the benefits of knowing how to read and write cursive writing. Although my cursive looks more like chicken scratch, I’m still very grateful to have those abilities.
And I wanted to make sure my boys enjoyed the same. Abilities, not chicken scratch.
Cursive writing practice helps develop fine motor skills.
I’ve also noticed a huge improvement in my boys’ print handwriting after learning cursive. (You can find out more about the 10 best handwriting resources here.)
In general, it’s recommended that students learn cursive around the age of 8. You know your kids best – if you think that they’re ready earlier, go for it! Or wait. There’s no rush.
3 Simple Steps for Effective Writing Practice with Alphabet Cursive Worksheets
When your kids are learning cursive letters, I suggest including a variety of methods.
Expose your kids to the alphabet in cursive with things like worksheets or other cursive handwriting resources.
These 3 steps can help your kids become familiar with the cursive alphabet:
- Hands-On Cursive Practice:
- Encourage your kids to trace the cursive letters on paper with their fingers.
- Kids can also get alphabet practice tracing cursive letters in the air.
- Use materials like sand, shaving cream, or puddling to “write” in.
- Dry Erase Markers:
- These writing utensils are smooth. Plus, kids can quickly make corrections.
- You can laminate these alphabet cursive worksheets.
- OR place these alphabet cursive worksheets in dry erase sleeve pockets.
- Print these free alphabet cursive handwriting worksheets.
- Give your kids erasable pens (like our favorite-Frixion Erasable Pens) or color pencils.
- Provide multiple copies of these worksheets so you kids can practice as much as they need!
5 Top Tips for Successfully Using These Alphabet Cursive Worksheets
Cursive writing doesn’t have to feel overwhelming or hard. With a few suggestions, your kids will ready and eager to go.
Here are a few tips for making the experience more successful and enjoyable:
- Add a color dot to point out where to start. Use a marker or crayon. Your kids will appreciate it!
- Demonstrate how to make the strokes, especially for a tough upper case letter like cursive Z or cursive F.
- Encourage your kids to use the back of the paper of these free cursive writing worksheets for more practice. Lines can simply be made with a ruler. Great ways to get more practice in and conserve paper.
- You can store these alphabet cursive worksheets in a binder. Or, if you find that you need to homeschool on-the-go, get a clipboard that provides storage and a neat workspace.
- Help your kids learn their signature. Such an essential skill! Demonstrate how to connect cursive letters, especially their name (first and last), for lower case and capital letters.
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Super Cool & Creative Ideas for Extending the Cursive Writing Fun
Easily take cursive writing to the next level with a few fun ideas.
- Make a cursive poster. Challenge your kids to make a poster from A-Z with both upper case and lower case cursive letters. (And it doubles as a visual reference whenever they need to write in cursive!)
- Create a card. Your kids can make a thoughtful card or two with cursive writing. This activity doubles as an awesome art project, if you include drawing and coloring.)
- Practice cursive writing with growth mindset quotes.
- Use pretend bank checks or certificates to practice signatures in cursive.
- Let your kids go in alphabetical order or by the order of the letters in their name. It can make cursive letter formation so much more fun!
And what’s cool is that you really only need a few supplies to successfully practice cursive writing with your kids. Make sure to have materials like:
- Paper (handwriting, wide-ruled, college-ruled)
- Erasable pens
- Dry erase markers
- Dry erase pocket sleeves
- Self-adhesive laminating sheets
- Shaving cream
Get Your 26 Free Alphabet Cursive Worksheets (in a Pack) for Easy Handwriting Practice
WooHoo! I’m so excited that you’re ready to teach and practice cursive writing with your kids.
This FREE printable pack includes 26 Alphabet Cursive Worksheets.
On the cursive handwriting practice worksheets, you’ll find for each letter:
- Examples of the cursive uppercase letters and lower case
- Wavy dotted lines to warm up fingers and hands
- Dotted cursive letters (capital and lowercase letters)
- 2 rows of uppercase letters
- 2 rows of lowercase letters
- 2 blank lines for extra practice
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