HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CURSIVE WRITING
Ever tried cursive writing before?
You may be aware that cursive is no longer taught in schools nowadays. There have been numerous debates on the relevance of learning cursive in a highly digitized era, where its more “convenient” to type and learn through visual practice.
Despite this reality, there are bloggers and other creatives such as Lindsey from The postman’s Knock who stand behind cursive writing and offer tutorials on the same. The hashtag #keepcursivealive is used on major social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, to remind us that despite being viewed as being irrelevant and old fashioned, cursive writing is important and we will fight to keep it alive.
If cursive writing has proved to be a challenge to you, here are a few tips to help you out.
1. Use the right paper
For absolute beginners, use a lined paper preferably one that has a middle dotted line to help you when shaping and sizing your lowercase letters. The dotted middle line will act as a guide to help you write evenly and neatly. You can find these lined papers in your local stationery shop or supermarket. You can also find them included as part of the Cursive worksheets bundle in my Etsy store.
2. Write at an angle
Cursive can either be written upright or slanted. Traditionally, the letters were slanted to the right. To have perfectly and evenly slanted letters, rotate your paper at a slight angle of approximately 45 degrees when writing. You don’t have to whip out your protractor to measure it up, just eyeball it and be sure to maintain that position throughout while you write.
3. Mastering the basic strokes
Before jumping into the deep end right from the go, first start by getting your feet wet by learning the basic strokes of cursive writing. They include undercurve, downcurve, overcurve, and slant.
Each letter is formed by combining one or more of these strokes together. For instance, the lowercase letter “l” is formed using both the undercurve and slant. There are drills that have been included as part of the cursive worksheets to help loosen your muscles. Therefore, practice each stroke and get familiar with which letters are associated with it.
4. Learning the uppercase and lowercase cursive letters
“Cursive” simply means joined, so cursive writing is a style of handwriting that uses continuous strokes to form words. Lowercase letters are joined together by a connector, while uppercase letters are not necessarily joined.
An important aspect of cursive writing is the joining of letters.There are a total of 626 connections in the alphabet. Some may be easy to learn while others may prove difficult and annoying. For a hand that is not used to joining letters seamlessly will have a difficult time at first, but not to worry, eventually it will come to you.
5. Tow Letters
Tow letters are those that leave the pen at the top of the letter like cursive b, o, v and w. They tend to be a challenge when joining them to other letters. Be sure to pay special attention to such letters.
6. Practicing letter connections.
If you have tried writing in cursive before and failed miserably, you will agree that there are those letters that are harder to connect as compared to others. For instance, letter “v” and “x” were a nightmare for me, luckily nothing a little practice couldn’t fix.
7. The 30 days challenge
Within these 30 days, you will practice on the following:
- Cursive drills
- Lowercase letters
- All 626 connections
- Uppercase letters
Set aside Day 1 to practice the drills and lowercase letters.
Day 2 – Day 27, practice how to connect each letter of the alphabet with the other letters.
On Day 28, practice uppercase letters.
On Day 29 and Day 30, use the cursive practice paper provided to do practice on your own. Keep practicing until it comes naturally to you.