Handwriting

(PDFs on Google Drive)

Writing 101:

Intro to 5 fonts | Intro to Roman fonts | Fontology–fonts.com
Machine-printed fonts should be readable, depending on their purpose. Usually, avoid geometric sans serif and modern Roman fonts in large blocks of text (like articles, essays, and letters) because their letters are too similar and difficult to read quickly. Instead, use normal sans serif and Roman fonts in large blocks of text and reserve geometric sans and modern Roman fonts for titles and headings.

Handwriting styles should be easy to write quickly and be easy to recognize. Handwriting and fonts should be different.

Never model your handwriting after a Roman or sans serif font!

Sadly, many recent handwriting curricula teach geometric sans font-style for handwriting, but this is a mistake. If you want to write with a geometric sans font-style, that is an artistic style of writing that you should learn after first learning the natural writing style.

Overview of 5 writing styles: Capital, Basic, Print, Geometric Sans, Fast

Overview of 3 writing styles: Capital, Basic, and Print

Guide Dots:

Guide dots for 3 writing styles: Capital, Basic, and Print
(with NAM-MAN difference)

Especially for young learners, but for everyone, color-coded shapes can help you learn the stroke order.

Start with the green circle, then the yellow square is your next destination. Stop at the red stop-sign octagon and figure out everything in between.

Start with a few simple capital letters, then work to lower-case, starting with p-a-g-e-s-n-d.

Best practice order:
H I F E P R B A S K
Caps (all)
pages send (wide)
pages send tags (tall)
Basic letters (a-z) (wide)

*Teaching tip: These Guide Dots are intended to help young learners develop instinctive stroke order (learning by rote practice) while gaining muscle control in the hands. Move on to Transition Sheets when the learner’s hand is strong enough to make semi-recognizable letters without the Guide Dots. Moving-on is a “muscle strength” question…

The next step is to properly write letters correctly within lines.

Transition Sheets (lined with colored ascenders & descenders)

10-line large basic letters a-z with guide dots

21-line basic letters a-z

24-line “range back sixteen seventy juggernauts”
(focus on: a, g, b, e, s, plus i, j, and t to cross and dot)

24-line a-y diverse text
(a-y in three lines to practice)

*Teaching tip: For young learners, use a Transition Sheet (above) in combination with a blank Lined Practice sheet (below). First give a “test” with the blank sheet, second return to the transition sheet, repeating this blank-transition pattern to quickly learn.

Lined Practice Sheets:

11-line large (capital letters) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | (Gray)

10-line large (basic letters) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | (Gray)

10-line large (blank) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | (Gray) | (Black)

21-line small (basic letters) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | (Gray)

21-line small (blank) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | (Gray) | (Black)

24-line small (capital letters) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | (Gray)

24-line small (blank) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | (Gray) | (Black)

Advanced: All-Style Guide Dot Chart

Once you have learned to write the basic letters, it doesn’t hurt to try to learn a Geometric or Fast way of writing. Use this sheet to guide you through stroke order for all five writing styles…

All styles with guide dots

Numbers

Overview: Lining Figures & Old Style Figures

10-line large (0-9) (Cyan) | (Magenta)

10-line large (0-9) Guide Dot Numbers

D’Nealian

D’Nelian was introduced in the late 1900s. “Manuscript” flowing print in first grade prepared students for a similar cursive the following year. The PinkWrite “basic” lower-case letters were inspired by D’Nelian, but with the controversial “monkey” tails on fewer letters.

D’Nelian Manuscript (1st year)

D'Nealian Manusript

D’Nelian Cursive (2nd year)

D'Nealian Cursive