Handwriting

Handwriting 3 by BJU Press (textbook cover image)

Handwriting Resources


Why PreCursive?

PreCursive addresses some of the fundamental problems associated with ball-and-stick manuscript writing:

  • the motor skills and visual skills needed to draw the letters
  • the difficulty children have in moving from manuscript to cursive in the middle grades.

The program is based on research that indicates ovals and slanted lines are easier for children to form than round circles and straight lines.

Letter size is reduced, and uppercase and lowercase letters are designed to be as similar as possible.

Most letters are formed using a single continuous stroke making the transition to cursive writing very easy. The single stroke formation also helps minimize reversal problems.

PreCursive Idea and Philosophy

PreCursive Fonts

PreCursive sample PreCursive Rails sample

Download PreCursive Fonts download icon (157k zip file)

Use these OpenType Fonts to create worksheets and teaching visuals for your K4 through second-grade students.

The PreCursive Text font provides samples for the student to copy. The PreCursive Text Dashed font provides letters for the child to trace, and the PreCursive Text Stroked font gives directions for forming the letters.

The PreCursive Rails font, the PreCursive Rails Dashed font, and the PreCursive Rails Stroked font provide the letters on handwriting lines.

Cursive Fonts

Cursive sample Cursive Rails sample

Download Cursive Fonts download icon (311k zip file)

Use these OpenType Fonts to create worksheets and teaching visuals for your second-grade thorough sixth-grade students.

The Cursive Text font provides samples for the student to copy. The Cursive Text Dashed font provides letters for the child to trace, and the Cursive Text Stroked font gives directions for forming the letters.

The Cursive Rails font, the Cursive Rails Dashed font, and the Cursive Rails Stroked font provide the letters on handwriting lines.

Ligature example

Microsoft Office does not automatically load contextual alternate substitution. Therefore, letter pairs such as ow and ve will not connect until this feature is turned on.

  1. Press Ctrl or ⌘ + D to open the Fonts dialog box
  2. Click Advanced
  3. Set Ligatures to Standard and Contextual 
  4. Set Use contextual alternates to true

A short 25-second tutorial about connecting the letters can be found here.

Cursive sample

The Cursive Alphabet font, the Cursive Alphabet Dashed font, and the Cursive Alphabet Stroked font are designed for displaying single letters. This font is not designed to connect letters into words but may be used for flashcards or as a sample for single letter practice.

Handwriting Guide Sheets

Lowercase Guide Sheet and the Advanced Guide Sheet pdf document (12k)

Corrections

Minor Corrections

Errata for Handwriting 3 Teacher Edition, 2nd ed.pdf document

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