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How to Write Cursive Neatly

Cursive handwriting is first taught to children when they are in the second and third grades. A cursive practice writing sheet is lined with a solid line, a dotted line and a second solid line. The pattern is repeated across the page. The same type of practice sheet is used for children learning to print letters. The loops and bumps in cursive writing are the most important element to learn. Practice making the loops and bumps prior to practicing cursive letters to attain the knowledge to write cursive neatly.

Place a copy of the upper and lower-case cursive writing samples on a flat, smooth work surface. Position the sample so it is to the left of a sheet of practice writing paper. Locate the small letter E and L.

Find the first practice line on the sheet of practice writing paper. The line consists of two solid lines with a dotted line in the centre. Practice making the small letter E's loop by beginning on the bottom solid line, looping it to the dotted centre line and back to the bottom line. Practice making the loops until a total of ten loops in a row touch the bottom and centre lines in the described instructions.

Practice making the small letter L loop by beginning on the bottom solid line, looping it to the top solid line and back to the bottom line. Practice making the loops until a total of ten loops in a row touch the bottom and top line in the described instructions.

Locate the small letter N and M. Practice making each letter with the correct amount of humps by beginning the bottom of the hump on the bottom solid line. Pull the line up and to the centre dotted line and then back down to the bottom solid line. Repeat the process for each hump. Do not lift your pencil from the practice sheet. Repeat the process until a total of ten letters are made in a row that touch both the bottom and centre line.

Practice each letter of the cursive alphabet after learning to make the loops and the bumps. Practice every day until a neat cursive writing is achieved.

Things You'll Need

  • Practice writing sheet
  • Pencil
  • Upper and lower case cursive writing samples
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Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."