Our family has been using the wonderful Prescripts series by Classical Conversations® for penmanship and drawing practice this year. However, as one of our children progressed from Book 1: Introduction to Cursive Writing & Tracing to Book 2: Writing Cursive Words and Practicing Drawing Skills, we encountered a little setback.
While he could write his cursive letters separately, he immensely struggled with connecting those letters into words. After attempting a few pages, I knew we’d have to go back and bridge the gap. So… although I am not a penmanship expert (in fact, if you saw my handwriting, you would realize how ironic this is…), I made a cursive handwriting workbook for us to use as a bridge between Level 1 and Level 2. He is now successfully connecting letters into simple words and will be capable of starting the Level 2 book again very soon. I thought I’d share it here in case anyone else ends up with the same situation.
Because it’s on-topic, I also wanted to share other resources we’ve used for handwriting and copywork over the past few years. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and there are likely even better resources available. However, these are free resources we’ve actually successfully used within our family. (But let me say that I still highly recommend the Prescripts series. I love how Prescripts ties together multiple subjects – and the program’s emphasis on drawing skills.)
Free Copywork and Penmanship Resources
The Ultimate Guide to Free Copywork This is an incredible list of free copywork pages and resources from across the web.
Make-your-own copywork pages Here you can make your own Print, D’Nealian, or Cursive pages. The following formats are available: name & sentence, single word, multi-word and paragraph. Over the past few years, I’ve used this site to make name practice pages, address-practice pages, and history sentence/timeline/U.S. Presidents copywork pages.
Handwriting worksheets at PrintNPractice
This site offers a massive selection of handwriting and copywork sheets. They also offer math practice sheets, English grammar and diagramming sheets, and spelling sheets/lists. For Pre-K or Kindergarten students learning how to print, the following sheets are some of our favorites and are the ones in our Preschoolers Notebook:
Alphabet worksheets at PrintNPractice
Number worksheets at PrintNPractice
Pre-Schoool Kindergarten Print Worksheets (also from K5 Learning)
For other notebooking resources, click here.
To build your own notebooking pages with Microsoft Office, MAC Pages, or another word-processing program, download your preferred font(s) from fontpark.net, fontspace.com, or DAfont.com. Some of our favorites include [Click on the image to be taken to a download site]:
Some others we have experimented with include:
A variety of other instructional fonts are available for download at the following links:
Fontspace (includes American Sign Language, crosswords, and musical notation)
DAFont (many of the above fonts are available on this list, plus many more!)
The fonts listed above are free downloads, and I have (thus far) had no difficulty in downloading from these sites. (No pop-ups, malware, spyware, etc.)
After downloading the font, you will need to find the Fonts folder on your computer by doing a search using MAC Finder or Windows Explorer and then copying the font file (with extension .ttf) into that folder. For those fonts which do not offer a dashed or dotted option, you can hollow the letters by formatting the font within the word-processing software (select the “outline” option).