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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cursive V

How to write a V in cursive:

capital cursiv V

The cursive V in upper case is very similar to the standard English upper case V.  The only difference is the loop.  Begin by making a small loop and then draw a slanted line down to the bottom line.  Then draw a slanted line in the opposite direction to the top line.  The capital V is one of the cursive letters in the cursive alphabet that stands alone and does not connect to the next letter in the word.

Unlike the capital V, the lower case v in cursive doesn’t really look like the standard English lower case v.

lower case cursiv v

To draw a lower case cursive v start at the bottom line and make a curved line up to the middle line and back down again.  Then continue the curved line in an opposite fashion back up to the middle line.  Finaly, make a small hook down and back up to the middle line again.  Reference the picture of the cursive lower case v above.  This letter is a little tricky so you will want to practice it more than some of the other easier ones we’ve been learning.  Tomorrow, we will learn how to write a W in cursive.

Cursive U

How to write a cursive U:

upper case cursive U

The upper case cursive U is very similar to the standard English upper case U.  To draw a capital U in cursive begin by making a loop at the top left and then swing a line down and out to the left and then curving back to the right and up to the top.  Then retrace your line back down near the bottom and hook it around to connect to the next letter in the word.

cursive u

To draw a lower case u in cursive begin with the lead in line which starts at the bottom line and goes up to the right to the mid line.  Then draw a line downward and curve it around and back up, like a standard English lower case u.  Finally, retrace most of your line back down and curve it around, ready to connect to the next letter in your cursive word.

Now that we have discussed how to write a cursive U we have now covered all the vowels in the alphabet.  So this weekend would be a great time for all of you to practice all of your cursive vowels.  Write a cursive A, E, I, O, and U ten times in a row.  Tomorrow we will learn how to draw the cursive V. 

 

Cursive T

How to write a T in cursive:

capital cursive T

The capital T, otherwise known as upper case T, is easy to write in cursive because it is very similar to the standard English capital T.  To draw this letter simply make a small loop and then draw a wavy line to the right about an inch in width.  Then go to the middle of your line and draw a straight line down to the bottom.  The capital T in cursive does not have a hooking line that connects to the next letter in the word like most cursive upper case letters do.

lower case t in cursive

Drawing a lower case t in cursive is also very easy.  It is much like the standard English lower case t, with the only real difference being the connecting line the leads into it and the curving connecting line that leaves it.  start by drawing a curving line up right and then retrace it back down and curve it out to connect to the next letter in your word.  Finish the lower case cursive t by drawing a line to cross it at the top about 2/3 to 3/4 the way up.

Keep practicing drawing these letters and words over and over.  That’s the only real way you’ll ever learn to write in cursive better.  Tomorrow, we will learn how to draw the cursive U.

Cursive S

How to Draw an S in Cursive:

The cursive S is one of those pesky letters that looks nothing like its standard English counterpart.

S in cursive

To draw an upper case S in cursive you start at the bottom line, make a nearly 40 degree angle slanted up and right and then loop it to the left at the top.  Swing the loop out wide to the right and then bring it all the back to touch the letter just above the original starting point.  If you are connecting it to another letter you will then retrace the end of your line back out and up toward the next letter in the word.

lower case s in cursive

The lower case s in cursive is similar to the capital S in appearance, only it doesn’t have a loop at the top and it doesn’t go beyond the middle line.  To write a lower case cursive s start at the bottom, draw a slanted line to the mid line.  Then start down for just a touch and then swing out to the right and curve back down to where you started.  Finally, trace the end of the line back out toward the middle line so you can connect the s to the next letter in your word.  If there are no more letters past the “s” in your word end your line at the mid line.

Tomorrow we will learn how to write a cursive T.