Practice Writing In Cursive

Summer Break is almost here and it is extremely important that you practice writing in cursive over the Summer.  Practice makes perfect, and on the flip side, if you don’t practice your cursive writing skills over the Summer you are likely to forget how to write several of the letters.  So what I recommend is looking at the cursive writing chart and writing at least one word that begins with a capital letter and one word that begins with a lower case letter.  Make sure you do that every day.  You can start with the letter A and work your way through the alphabet.  Then circle back around and start all over again.  This extra practice will keep your skills sharp so you won’t forget how to write in cursive.

cursive alphabet chart

Here’s the cursive writing chart again for your reference.

Write November in Cursive

When you are learning to write the months in cursive, November can be one of the toughest ones to learn.  Take a look at the image below.

November in cursive

To draw the word November in cursive you need to start with the capital N, flow into the lower case o, follow through with the v, to the e, the m, come up above the middle line but not all the way to the top with your lower case b, swing back through with the e, and finish with an r that curves back up to the middle line at the end.

Since November has a “v”, an “m”, and a “b”, I would consider it the hardest month to write in cursive.  To master writing this word in cursive the best way to do it is look at the image above and write it over and over again.  Practice makes perfect.

September in Cursive

Here’s how to write September in cursive.

September in cursive

Writing September in cursive can be difficult for some people just learning their cursive letters.  Like all other months, the first letter should always be capitalized.  So you will want to start by drawing a capital S.  The “S” is one of the upper case letters that does not attach to the second letter in the word.  It ends on the outside left area of where you began drawing the letter.  So draw your upper case S and then start at the bottom line for your lowercase cursive e and then connect each additional letter for the entire word September.   Finish the word September by crossing your lower case “t” at the end.  The only letter that should dip below the bottom line is the lower case “p”.  As always, practice makes perfect so keep writing the full word September over and over until you achieve perfect cursive writing.

How to Write May in Cursive

May is the shortest of all months with only three letters.  Because of that, it is the easiest month to write in cursive.  As with all months, the first letter needs to be capitalized.  You can refer to the cursive chart to see how to draw a capital M.  You need to connect your capital “M” to the “a” in a flowing motion.  Then you connect your cursive “a” to your cursive “y” and loop back to the middle line.  This should all happen in an even flowing motion and your pen or pencil shouldn’t leave the paper until you are finished with the entire word.  Below is a picture of the word May in cursive.

May in cursive

Practive writing May in cursive over and over until you get comfortable with it.   June is the next month on the calendar, and coincidentally it is one of the shortest and easiest months to write in cursive as well.

How to Write October in Cursive

Writing the word October in cursive is actually pretty easy.  The only tricky letter is the lower case b.  Just remember to capitalize the curisive O.  Do not connect the capital O with the lower case c.  All other letters should be connected.  The last thing you should do when completing the word October is to cross the lower case t.

How to Write in Cursive Better

Now that we have completed the entire cursive alphabet from A – Z it’s time to start perfecting your penmanship.  Here are some tips for how to write in cursive better:

  • Be consistent.  If you write a cursive letter in a particular way, be consistent.  Don’t write it one way the first time and a different way the second time.
  • Don’t overslant your letters.   It’s okay to slant your letters. In fact, most people do.  But don’t overdo it and slant your letters to the point it looks like chicken scratch.
  • Define your style.  Are you a loop person or a straight line person?  If you do loops try to make the loops pleasing to look at.  A loop should only have one circle or oval.
  • Don’t go above or dip below the lines.  Unless you are writing a letter that specifically goes below the bottom line, make sure your end lines don’t cross through the top or bottom line.  When you cross the lines it makes your cursive look sloppy.
  • Use good spacing.  Make sure when you are connecting letters there is equal spacing between them.  Many people with poor cursive writing often crunch some letters together while allowing ample space between other letters.

Keep these pointers in mind as you continue to practice your cursive writing skills and it will definitely help you to write in cursive better!

Cursive Z

Today we will learn how to write a cursive Z and this will compete our cursive alphabet chart!  Congratulations on getting to the end of this 26 day cursive writing course.

How to draw a Z in cursive:

capital cursive Z

Unfortunately, when it comes to the cursive alphabet, it looks like we have saved the most difficult cursive letter for last.  The capital Z in cursive is very difficult to remember and doesn’t resemble the upper case standard Enlish Z at all.

To draw the upper case cursive Z, begin by drawing a small loop at the top which wraps around to the right and down to the bottom line and swirl it around with another small loop which dips down below the bottom line.  Then loop it to the left and back through just under the bottom line like you are threading a needle and draw a slanted line up and to the right.  Please look at the picture of the capital cursive Z above to use as a reference.   Even though it has multiple loops and parts the capial Z should be written with only one touch of your pencil or pen without lifting it from the page.

lower case cursive z

Much like its upper case counterpart, the lower case cursive z is very difficult to write and to remember.  Begin by starting on the bottom line and making a hump up to the middle line and back down.  Then make a second hump about half the size of the first one and extend the line down below the bottom line.  Make a big loop and then bring it back up and through, slanted to the right and stop at the middle line.  Practice drawing your capital Z and lower case z in cursive as many times as possible.  The more you practice the easier it will be to remember how to draw them.

You have now completed the cursive alphabet from A – Z.  You should be very proud of yourself.  You can now write any word in cursive you want.  The only thing to do now is practice writing words in cursive and keep trying to increase your penmanship and learn how to write in cursive better than you currently do.

Cursive Y

How to write a Cursive Y:

cursive Y

To draw a capital Y in cursive, otherwise known as an upper case Y, you start just below the top line and make a loop and then hook it around and outward.  Then back around and almost back up to the top line.  Then you retrace it down below the bottom line and loop it back around and back up to the middle line.  See the picture of a capital cursive Y above for a reference.  The upper case cursive Y is one of the few capital cursive letters that actually dips below the bottom line.

lower case cursive y

To draw a lower case y in cursive begin by making the same shape you made with the lower case cursive x.  Make a hump from the bottom line to the middle line and then dip it down and curve it back up to the middle line.  Then draw a line down below the bottom line and loop it to the left and back to the right, up through the letter just below the middle line and then slanted to the right out to the middle line, ready to connect to the next letter in your word.   The lowercase cursive y is a bit tricky and tends to give many students problems, so practice writing the cursive y over and over again until you master it.  Practice makes perfect!

Tomorrow, we will complete our cursive alphabet by learning how to draw a cursive Z.

Cursive X

How to write an X in cursive:

uppercase X in cursive

To draw an upper case X in cursive begin by making a loop or a hok at the top going left and looping around to the right and then diagonally down to the right and curving out once you hit the bottom line.  Complete the capital X by making a diagonal line from the top down to the bottom left and crossing it in the middle.

lowercase cursive x

To draw a lower case x in cursive, start at the bottom line and make a curved line, curving at the middle line and then down to the bottom line and back up to the middle line.  It should flow easily and have an upward hump followed by an opposite dip.  Finish the lower case cursive x by crossing it in the middle, similar to how you did the capital X.

For some reason the cursive X is one of the most searched cursive letters because people don’t remember exactly how to write it, but as you can see, it is actually a very simple letter to draw.

We only have two more cursive letters to go and we will have completed the entire cursive alphabet for both upper case and lower case letters.  You should be getting excited to show off your new writing skills!

Tomorrow, we will learn how to write the Cursive Y.

Cursive W

How to Write a W in Cursive:

cursive W

To draw a capital W in cursive begin with a small loop at the top and then draw a slanted line down to the bottom line.  Then draw a slanted line up to the top line.  Retrace it back down to the middle line and then slant to the right, opposite of the other side.  Then draw a slanted line up and to the right.  The upper case W in cursive is a stand alone letter.  It is one of the few cursive letters in the cursive alphabet that does not connect to the next letter in the word.

lower case w in cursive

To draw a lower case cursive w begin by drawing a slanted and slightly curved line up to the middle line.  Then basicaly draw a lower case cursive u.  Finally, hook the letter to the right, ready to connect to the next letter in your cursive word.

Please take a look at the picture of the upper case cursive W and notice it is pointed, whereas the lower case cursive w is more rounded.

Tomorrow we will learn how to write the cursive X.