Many children look forward to the introduction of cursive writing in the classroom and can't wait to begin penning those mysterious flowery letters. They soon learn that mastering cursive takes repetitive practice. Cursive practice sheets are largely spaced lined paper that children can use to practice writing cursive, and they are easy to create yourself. The benefit of cursive practice paper is that the line spacing is large enough for children to see correctly how each letter is written. Children can use the sheets for one letter, the alphabet, words or entire sentences. You can create cursive practice sheets from recycled printer paper, on the backs of letters or on a sketch pad. The paper should not already be lined.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Blank paper
- Laminator (optional)
Gather your supplies. On a table, place the ruler on a blank sheet of paper 2 inches from the top. Using a pen, draw a straight line across the page. Measure 1 inch from the line you made and draw another line. Measure 1/2 inch above the second line you drew and create a dotted line across the page. The pattern should be full line, dotted line, full line. This should give the child enough room to draw and demonstrate proper use of the dotted line, where the middle of capital letters and the top of lower case letters should be.
Repeat step one until you reach the end of the page. The result will be a blank cursive practice sheet. Children can practice single letters, words or sentences using this sheet. Children should use pencil on these sheets so letters can be erased and practised again.
Create a blank cursive sheet using steps one and two. This time at the beginning of each line, add a letter or word you wish the child to practice in proper cursive. Add the child's name for practice as well.
Laminate cursive practice sheets. You can find laminators at libraries, offices supply stores or schools. Sheets can then be reused without succumbing to the wear and tear of pencil erasers.
Recreate cursive practice sheets using smaller and smaller lines as the child progresses. Use longer and more difficult words to provide the child increasingly challenging practice.
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