Handwriting Practice Worksheets
Standard Core Identified Font (lower case letters)
The are the standard letter formats identifed by the CORE curriculum. All the letters are in lower case only. This is the start of the most common font type we see used today.
Standard Core Identified Font (UPPER CASE LETTERS)
These sheets walk you turn by turn through the pencil strokes that you need to maker. All the are UPPER CASE letters.
Zaner Bloser Style Cursive (lower case letters)All lower case letters in PDF format for you to have some great practice sheets to work with.
Zaner Bloser Style Cursive (UPPER CASE LETTERS)These are all UPPER CASE for you. This is slightly different type of font that you might see if different regions.
D'Nealian Cursive Letters (Lower Case)
Ten lines of practice space with D'Nealian Cursive lower case letters.
D'Nealian Cursive Letters (Upper Case)
Ten lines of practice space with D'Nealian Cursive UPPER CASE letters.
D'Nealian Manuscript Letters (Lower Case)
Ten lines of dotted print lower cas letters.
D'Nealian Manuscript Letters (Upper Case)
UPPER CASE letters in dotted print. Provides for plenty of repetition of each letter.
Handwriting Practice NumbersThis set of worksheets provides a sample of each number in Comic Sans MS font. Plenty of room for practice.
Handwriting Practice Numbers (Dot Print)
Numbers are provided in dot print format. A number is found at the front of every row.
How To Improve Your Handwriting
Your handwriting is indeed a reflection of your personality. Since writing does not require conscious thought, it reveals so much about the unconscious mind. It depicts the clarity of your ideas and thoughts to the reader and leaves an impressionable mark at first glance.
Despite the increase in the use of technology, it remains an effective medium of communication in education, your workplace, and everyday life. Good handwriting also boosts one's confidence.
If your handwriting is illegible, it will make it difficult for the reader to comprehend your message and leave room for misinterpretation.
According to research carried out by the National Pen Company in the U.S., the way you space your letters, sign your name, and connect with other letters, the letter 'o' and 's,' can essentially give away clues about 5,000 personality traits.
If you're someone who struggles with handwriting and wants to make a good impression on the reader, here are a few simple tips and tricks to help to achieve just that!
Practice, Practice & Practice
You'd be surprised to know how much this stands true for handwriting more than anything else.
Handwriting patterns have been different because our brains process things differently. How we write is a product of our muscle memory and a pattern that develops in our brain over time.
Thus, the more you practice, the stronger the neural connections become between your mind and your kinesthetic senses, which lead you to write. So if you question whether your writing will ever be good, just take a piece of paper and write!
Use a Pencil, then Shift to a Pen.
How many of you would get angry as kids when they couldn't use pens to do their homework instead of pencils? I hear you! But it seems that years of best practices reveal that pencils significantly help in improving one's handwriting more than pens.
When using a pencil, not only do you learn how to write; you learn how to grip something firm enough not to let go but loose enough to allow flexible movement of the hand. That's why if you want to improve your writing, go back to basics.
Walk before you run - pencil before the pen. Learn and then unlearn so you can learn better!
Practice Holding Your Pen/Pencil Properly
The critical step towards achieving better handwriting is learning the art of achieving the right balance between holding your writing tool either too tightly or too loosely for best results. Learn to maintain a relaxed grip.
Practice holding your pen/pencil in a manner with its end resting on the knuckle of your index finger or the web of your hands. Once you have mastered this, you will notice a significant improvement in drafting letters.
Experiment With Different Writing Tools
Choosing the correct writing instrument is a crucial step towards achieving better results. Shop around for options and have fun experimenting with different types of pens. You'll be amazed by the number of options you will come across when you go pen-shopping.
Be it fountain pens, ballpoint pens, or gel pens; it does not matter as long as you have found the pen you connect with.
Take Inspiration from Other Handwriting Styles Online
You can experiment with other handwriting styles by going onto font websites and downloading samples you prefer. Rather than adopting an entirely new writing style, you can choose the aspects of a particular writing style that you like and try to mimic that.
Download and print worksheets and then practice different handwriting styles. Remember, there is no shortcut to doing this; practice makes perfect!
Check Your Handwriting for Alignment, Spacing, and Size
Start by writing a paragraph and assess the alignment of words. Ensure that the words are not written at an upwards or downwards angle and they aren't overlapping with the lines on the page.
Moreover, the words should be equidistant. The distance between your words is essential.
Also, note the size of your handwriting. It should not fill up the entire space between the lines, nor should it be too small to comprehend.
Encircle all the mistakes in your first paragraph, rewrite it, and you'll notice an improvement. Keep practicing for optimal results.
Practice Writing Alphabets
Once you have determined your font inspiration and assessed the mistakes in your handwriting, imagine you are in the first grade again and fill up rows with the alphabet in both upper and lowercase. While doing this, ensure that you don't repeat the same mistakes in the alignment and size.
Write Sentences in the Air
Writing in the air may sound strange at first, but it will help train the correct muscles in your hands, arms, and shoulders. People with poor handwriting don't have adequately trained muscles. Do this by writing sentences in the air.
Hence, forcing your muscle groups to come into play and help you improve your handwriting and keep it from appearing messy to the reader.
Routinely Stretch Your Fingers and Wrists
If you required to write a lot, stretching your hands is a good idea. Hence, this will help decrease any discomfort due to writing, as long hours take a slight toll. Do this before you start writing.
Practice flexing your hands first, and then roll your wrists, so they are loose and relaxed. Do these exercises regularly, and you'll be noticing the results in no time.
Don't be demotivated if your handwriting is poor. Know that you can improve it significantly by following these few simple tips. Understand the importance of good handwriting and leave a good impression on the reader.
Whether you are looking to score well on your test or impress someone with a handwritten note, these tips will help you achieve just that. Keep practicing. Happy Writing!