Back To School in Cursive

The long Summer has come to an end and it’s back to school time!  For many young grade school students that means it’s time to learn how to write cursive.  We will be posting a tutorial of how to write all the letters of the cursive alphabet from A to Z including both lower case letters and capital upper case letters.

For those of you who have already learned the cursive alphabet here is an exercise for you to keep practicing your cursive handwriting.  See the image below and write “back to school” in cursive.

back to school in cursive

Start out on the bottom line and write your cursive b. The letters a,c, and k should flow and then stop.  The start at the bottom line and write the word “to”.  Your pencil should only leave the page to cross your t.  Then leave a space and start on the bottom line drawing your cursive s.  The letter s should flow into the letters c,h,o,o, and end when you’re finished writing the l.  Practice writing this phrase in cursive over and over until you have mastered it.

Cursive M

How to write a cursive M:

There are two ways to draw a capital M in cursive.  The first way is similar to the standard English capital M with the only difference being the letter curves outward in both directions such as in the image below.

upper case M cursive

The second way to draw an upper case M in cursive is to round the tops of the M instead of pointing them, such as in the picture below.

cursive capital M

The second version is also how to draw the lower case m in cursive.  The only difference is instead of drawing the M all the way to the top lines you only draw the m up to the middle dotted line.

lower case m in cursive

The lower case cursive m should only have two “humps” if standing alone, but if it’s inside of a word it should have three humps.  The first one acts as a connector from the previous word.  Take a look at the red line in this illustration to see what I mean.

cursive m

Cursive L

Good morning class.  Today we will learn how to draw the letter L in cursive. In my opinion, L is one of the easiest letters to draw in the cursive alphabet.  Let’s begin with the capital cursive L, otherwise known as an upper case cursive L.

cursive L

To draw the capital L start at the midline and draw to the right and then up to the top and loop back to the left, all the way to the bottom and then make a loop to the left which swings back to the right and dips below the bottom line.  Take a look at the picture of the capital L above for a reference.  You should draw the cursive L without ever taking your pencil or pen off the paper.  It should be one fluid motion.

lower case cursive chart L

Although the upper case L can be difficult for some people, the lower case cursive l is one of the easiest letters to draw in the entire cursive alphabet.  To draw the cursive lower case l you simply start at the bottom line and slant a line up to the right and loop it back down and around.

cursive l

Tomorrow morning we will move on to the letter M.  Have a great day.

 

Cursive I

How to write the letter I in cursive:

cursive i

How to draw the letter I in cursive

The capital letter I is one of the letters in the cursive alphabet that many kids can’t recognize when they are first shown the cursive writing chart.  However, the lowercase i is very recognized.

capital cursive i To draw an uppercase I in cursive start at the bottom left and make a loop all the way to the top line and back down and up to the mid line and then swing a hook back toward it.

lowercase i in cursiveTo draw a lower case i just make a line up to the middle line and then come back down and hook to the right to connect to the next letter in a word.  It is extremely simple.  Then put a dot just above the mid line like you would for a standard letter i.  Some people don’t make the dot but I never have liked that and think the i should definitely have a dot.

Tomorrow we will learn how to write the letter J.

Cursive H

How to write a cursive H:

capital cursive H

The capital H in cursive is similar to the standard English H letter, only it has loops and is a little fancier.  Start out by making a very small loop downward and swing it around and back down slightly slanted to the left.  Then move over about a half inch and make another slanted line that is parallel with the first line.  Then make a loop in the middle that connects both lines and swings back out to the right, ready to connect to the next letter in your word.

cursive h

To draw a lowercase h in cursive begin by running a line slanted from left to right to the top of the line and loop it back around the other way all the way to the bottom.  Then draw a line back to the middle and back down and then swing it back up to the middle line, like the illustration above shows you.  The lower case h is very simple.  Some people draw it with a flat line instead of a loop but it is much quicker and more fluid to draw it using a loop.  Keep practicing the letters you’ve learned this far.  By now you should be able to practice writing many words using the letters we have already covered.  Tomorrow we will move on to the cursive I.

 

Cursive F

How to write an F in cursive:

The cursive E was pretty simple but the curisve F is quite a bit harder.  It’s considered one of the toughest letters to draw in the entire cursive alphabet.

upper case F in cursive

To write an uppercase F in cursive please take a look at the F above.  Start with a line moving downward and slightly left and then swing it to the mid-line and then abruptly hook it back to the right just past the original line.  Then make a loop on the left and swing it back across the initial line an equal distance from the loop.  This letter is challenging so practice doing it over and over until you get the hang of it.

Now for the lower case f in cursive…

Take a look at the image below of a lower case f.

lower case f in cursive writing

Begin by making a loop from the bottom line to the top line and back down again similar to a cursive lower case l.  But go beyond the bottom line and dip below (this only happens in a few cursive letters).  Loop back to the original line.  Then draw a hook back out to connect to the next letter.

At first glance the lower case f looks tricky, but I think you’ll find it is easier to draw than you think.

f in cursive

The image above will show you exactly where your lines need to be to draw your f correctly.  As always, practice makes perfect so keep drawing your cursive letters.  We will move on to the cursive G tomorrow.  But for now try to think of words that contain letters A – F only and practice writing them.  For example, practice writing these words in cursive: ace, face, bace, bag,  and fade.

Cursive D

How to write a cursive D:

The cursive C was easy but the cursive D is a little trickier to draw and write.

cursive D

The capital D or upper case D in cursive has a lot more jazz to it than most letters.  There are two ways to draw this letter.  One, you can start at the top left and draw a backwards C and then loop it aroun at the bottom and bring the line back up toward the top.  Two, you can start in the middle and draw a twisty line down southwest and then loop it around and make a backwards C.  Practice it a few times both ways and see which style comes the most naturally to you and go with that method.

Below, is another way of drawing an upper case D in cursive.  This is the way I prefer to write cursive Ds.  I start out with a line that goes southwest and loops around and back up and around and then has one final loop at the top.  You only need to press your writing utencil to the writing surface once using this method.

D in cursive

Now for the lower case d in cursive…  to start, you want to draw a line up from the bottom and then make the d just like you made your cursive lower case a only go all the way to the top with the line.

Some people tend to slant their cursive letters more than others.  Sometimes it helps to get a good flow of connecting letters.  But once again, that is just personal preference.  Take a look at the cursive d below.  Practice your cursive letters both ways and see what kind of slant works best for your style.

the ltter d in cursive

Tomorrow we will move on to the cursive E.

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.