We have been learning our cursive letters since the begining of the year. We know all of the lower case letters and we are now working on our capital letters. This week the learners are also starting their new handwriting books which have irish lines. We will continue to revise our cursive letters in the third term. In the fourth term we will start to write everything in cursive.


Here are some helpful tips to aid your child with cursive handwriting.

  • Sit comfortably, but maintain good posture.
  • Lean forward slightly.
  • Leave feet flat on the floor.
  • Have both arms resting on the table or desk while you work.
  • Hold the pencil between your thumb and the first two fingers of your writing hand.
  • Maintain constant pressure when holding the pencil.
  • Be certain your grip is not too tight, and not too loose.
  • If you are a right-handed writer, position the paper so that the top is slanting to your left.
  • If you are a left-handed writer, position the paper so that the top is slanting to your right.
  • Practice the letters in groups of similarity, for example:

a, d, c, g, q             i, u, w, t, p, j, o, r, s

h, k, l, e, f, b         m, n, v, y, x, z

  • Practice cursive for 15 minutes a day.  Daily practice is imperative to properly learning cursive writing.
  • Try having your child close his/her eyes when practicing a letter.  If he/she can successfully form the letter, the letter has become automatic.  Automatic letter formation is imperative to developing speed when writing.


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