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 Q

How to draw a cursive Q:

When it comes to drawing cursive letters, the capital Q is one of the most difficult letters to remember how to write in the entire cursive alphabet.  The reason for this is because it looks nothing like a standard English capital Q and it looks more like a fancy number 2.

capital Q in cursive  To draw the upper case Q in cursive start at the top of the line and dip down to make a small loop to the left and swing it back to the right and around like you are drawing a number 2.  When you get close to the bottom dip it down to touch the bottom line and loop it back around and dip down below the bottom line.  The capital cursive Q is one of the few cursive letters that extends down beyond the bottom writing line.  Dip it down just a bit and then hook it back up to the bottom line.

lower case cursive q  To draw a lower case q in cursive draw a circle like you are making a cursive a but then dip it down well below the bottom line and hook it to the right back up to the bottom line.  Then draw a slanted line to the right so it is ready to connect to the next letter in your cursive word.

lowecase q in cursive

Take a look at the picture of the cursive writing chart above with the lower case q underlined.  The black shows what the letter should look like when standing alone.  The red lines show how to connect to it from letters before it and letters after it.  The letter Q can be tough to remember, so if you ever forget how to draw it just come back to this page for a reference.

Tomorrow we will learn how to draw a cursive R.  Have a great day.

Cursive B

How to draw a cursive B:

B in cursive

Drawing a cursive B can be tricky for people just learning the cursive alphabet.  At first glance the upper case B and lower case b appear quite different but if you step back and look at regular bs they are actually quite similar.

This is how to draw an upper case B, otherwise known as a capital B, in cursive.

capital B in cursive

You start by drawing a line southwest with a slight angle.  Then you go to the top and make a 3 to connect the lines.  Then swing back with a small arc.  Some people connect the top and bottom of the slanted line while others start just below the top and finish just below the bottom.

Now, for the lower case b in cursive…

lowercase b in cursive

To draw a lowercase b in cursive, otherwise known as a small b, you start by making a vertical loop (much like a cursive l) and you bring it back up and almost connect it to the loop near the middle dotted line.  Then you swing it back out to the right so it can be connected to the next letter in a word.  Some people connect it to the loop and some people leave a small gap like the one in the image of the small cursive b above.  Like all the letters in the cursive alphabet, the more practice you do writing in cursive the better and smoother your letters will be, and good penmanship can make a great first impression.  That’s it for the cursive b.  Tomorrow we will draw a cursive C.

Learning How to Write in Cursive

Learning how to write in cursive was my biggest fear when I was in second grade.  But when I learned how to write my first cursive letter I had an enormous sense of pride.  Cursive writing was a big deal back then, much more so than it is today.  In fact, more and more states are now making cursive writing non-mandatory in elementary schools and are focusing on printing and typing skills instead.  I think that is a travesty and there is still a need for the art of writing in cursive.  With the lack of attention in schools I feel it is imparative that our children learn how to write the entire cursive alphabet on their own or with outside help.  That’s why I started this cursive handwriting blog, and that’s why I will continue to educate kids on proper cursive handwriting technique.  Time permitting, I will start with a cursive upper case A and a cursive lower case a and go through the entire alphabet all the way through cursive upper case Z and cursive lower case Z.   Please check back each day for new posts and I will cover each letter in detail.  Thank you and good luck with your cursive!

Here is a cursive chart you can reference in the mean time if you need any special help with any of the letters.

cursive alphabet chart

Most people have the most trouble with the upper case cursive G the Upper case and lower case cursive Q, the upper and lower case cursive S and the upper and lower case cursive z.  But just keep practicing and you’ll get them down pat in no time flat!