Cursive Writing - handwriting fonts for UK schools
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Welcome to Cursive Writing

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More and more schools are teaching cursive writing from the start, with children learning a style of handwriting which will be very easy to join later. Often the style taught includes entry strokes, and children are encouraged to join their letters as soon as they are able to.

One of the problems with this is that it is very hard to find affordable computer fonts to enable teachers, parents and children to create text for in a style which matches their school handwriting style. There are a few commercial fonts available, but they are often too expensive for parents to use at home. There are lots of free handwriting fonts on the web which can be downloaded, but I have yet to find one that exactly matches the style which I learnt at school, never mind the newer styles.

So we've decided to try and solve this problem by creating handwriting fonts for UK schools in both cursive (with lead-ins) and precursive styles. We have unjoined fonts in solid, dotted, dotted with handwriting guidelines, dotted with arrows and outline styles. We also offer a system for creating fully joined handwriting using Microsoft Word.

Take a look around this site to see if you can find the handwriting style which your school uses. If not, please contact me and I'll see if I can create one for you.

Cursive writing from the start - pros

  • Traditionally, children have learnt to print letters when they first start writing, then they have to learn a new style of handwriting when the time comes to move on to joined writing. If cursive writing is taught from the start, only one style is needed.
  • Letters are produced in a flowing movement, which helps the development of a physical memory of how each letter is written.
  • Letters all start in the same place and flow from left to right, which reduces the likelihood of reversal mix-ups such as b/d and p/q.
  • Because of the smooth flow, writing soon becomes quicker and easier.
  • There is no messy transition stage when children move from print to a joined style.
  • A cursive style of handwriting is recommended by the British Dyslexia Association.

Cursive writing - cons

  • Letters written in cursive style can look quite different from printed letters in books.
  • In the early stages, writing can look messy as the movements are slightly more complex than print-style letters.