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Hi, I'm Laura from Youngwritersworkshops.com. I'm going to talk about how to teach beginners cursive writing. Now I have terrible handwriting so this is good for me to talk about. Teaching cursive is a little bit more difficult than teaching regular handwriting just because the kids have already learned, in general most children have already learned how to write their script letters when they begin cursive, so they almost have to unlearn some of the letters that they've already memorized how to make. So the way to get around that is to begin by teaching letters that are similar. So for example an A, a lowercase A is similar to a cursive lowercase A. So begin by teaching the, letter by letter. Have the children learn the ones that are similar to what they're already familiar with. Now when you're teaching cursive you emphasize the direction that the pen would move for each letter and you also emphasize keeping the pencil on the paper which is very different than when children learn to write their script letters. They pick their pencil up at different points. So emphasize keeping your pencil on the paper, is really going to help them master the skill of writing in cursive. After the children have learned the letters that are similar like A or C you can begin with other letters like R that are much more new shaped. So having a chart that the kids can look at is really helpful. And then having them practice making the letters. The way that you're going to do your work is on the special kind of paper that has three lines. It has two solid lines and then a dashed line in the center and this gives the early writers a chance, or some guidance of where their letters will come and the mid-point between the two lines. The last tip that I have for helping children learn cursive is to have them write their name in cursive. This is a word that they know very, very well and will enjoy writing and practicing their name in cursive just gives them practice with having their pencil on the paper and doing the flowing writing of cursive. And they'll enjoy making their name in cursive. So those are some ideas about how to teach beginners cursive writing.