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Cursive Letters: Uppercase

The art of creating cursive letters uppercase or lowercase is no longer taught in most schools. However, handwriting can be easily practiced and taught at home.

While some parents have been led to think cursive writing is more difficult than printing (manuscript), it is interesting to note that years ago cursive writing was taught to young children before they learned to print. The truth is that it is not more difficult and only requires three movements:

  • Undercurve
  • Overcurve
  • Up/Down stroke

Printing, on the other hand, requires straight lines and perfect circles which many children find challenging.

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Cursive Letters: Uppercase

When learning to write, cursive letters uppercase can be categorized by form to help in teaching as a practical aid:

Uppercase Forms:

  • Letters that start at the top and curve around to the left: A, O, C, E.
  • Letters that combine overcurve and undercurve to form a twist: D, F, T
  • Letters that start with an upstroke: B, P, L, R
  • Letters that begin with a overcurve from the baseline: G, I, J, S
  • Letters that start with a loop followed with a down stroke: H, K, N, M, U, V, X, Y
  • Letters that start with a loop and overcurve: W, Z

Cursive Benefits

A number of experts in reading and dyslexia suggest learning cursive writing first actually helps a child's ability to read. Exactly which style of cursive writing you decide on may be dictated by the school your child attends, or if you homeschool, your own personal preference. Handwriting curriculums are available online, or you can build your own by combining free resources. Popular cursive writing styles include:

  • Modern Cursive
  • Cursive Simple
  • Palmer

For children who have already learned to print, the easiest uppercase cursive letters are often New South Wales or Queensland cursive writing styles because they provide uppercase letters that look very similar to print versions for capital letters.