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Betcha didn’t know today was National Handwriting Day, did you? I personally love to write. Always have. I think it’s because I also love to draw and handwriting is just another creative expression.
I used to think I’d love to have a job doing handwriting analysis. It’s so interesting to me and I have noticed that all of my closest friends have a very similar handwriting style. And I sometimes can tell a little about a person by their handwriting.
While we often teach manuscript and cursive (if you don’t teach cursive, I suggest you Google benefits of learning cursive — it’s pretty impressive how it helps your brain functions), I also want to include some suggest for handlettering. Handlettering is more of an art form but if you have a student that struggles with handwriting but loves art, this is a great way to combine the two. I want to share some of my favorite resources.
- A Rhythm of Handwriting by Logic of English. I’ve used this with my younger students and love it. It has tactile cards which I highly recommend and it shows step by step how to properly form each letter. This comes in manuscript and cursive. (Be sure to read their article on why they suggest teaching cursive first.)
- A Reason for Writing. I used this program way back in the day when I was teaching my now adult kids. It’s simple and straight forward. I love that I can tear out one page and use it instead of handing them the entire text which would overwhelm my daughter.
- First, I have to again mention both recommendations for manuscript also have a cursive edition.
- New American Cursive by Memoria Press. I received this to do review and we really enjoyed it. While I used it with my right handed son, this curriculum also addresses left handers which would have been very helpful with one of my daughters! (BONUS: if you order today only, use code 18pen10off for 10% off handwriting books! and also there’s a free bonus printed copy of A Defense of Penmanship.)
- Cursive Logic. This was also one that I reviewed. I used this with my son who had horrible handwriting. (I blame this on allowing him to do mostly online work but that’s another story.) They also now have a coloring book that helps learn the foundational strokes.
If you are interested in handlettering, be sure to follow my Handlettering Pinterest board where I pin resources and inspiration.
I have to add that my favorite feature on this book is that it is spiral bound which means it lays completely flat when you are writing!!