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Writing 101:

Intro to 5 fonts | Intro to Roman fonts | Fontology–fonts.com
Intro to Five FontsIntro to Roman FontsMachine-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.

Video: Fonts

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 early to mid 1900’s 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.

These “basic” letters are intended to aid both printed and cursive writing practice, doubling as core practice for both writing skill levels.

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

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

Guide Dots:

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

Video: Penmanship
Video: Handwriting Strokes

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

Best practice order:
Caps (all)

pages send (wide)
pages send
pages send tags (tall)
pages send tags
Basic letters (a-z) (wide)
basic letters - guide dots

*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
10-Line Dots: large, basic letters

21-line basic letters a-z
21-Line Asc-Desc: basic letters

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-Asc-Desc: range back sixteen seventy juggernauts

24-line a-y diverse text
(a-y in three lines to practice)
24-Line Asc-Desc: a-y diverse 3-line text

*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) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | Gray: (Dark) (Light)
11-Line Large: CAPS

10-line large (basic letters) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | Gray: (Dark) (Light)
10-Line Large: basic letters

10-line large (blank) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | Gray: (Dark) (Light) | (Black)
10-Line Large: BLANK

21-line small (basic letters) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | Gray: (Dark) (Light)
21-Line Small: basic letters

21-line small (blank) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | Gray: (Dark) (Light) | (Black)
21-Line Small: BLANK

24-line small (CAPITAL) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | Gray: (Dark) (Light)
24-Line Small: CAPS

24-line small (blank) (Cyan) | (Magenta) | Gray: (Dark) (Light) | (Black)
24-Line Small: BLANK

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
Dots: all styles


Overview: Lining Figures & Old Style Figures
Numbers 101: lining vs old style

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

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


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