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For children learning to write — adults wanting to teach handwriting
With Schoolhouse Fonts you can create your own custom handwriting instruction worksheets, and if you think about it, handwritten worksheets for ANY subject (how fun!):
- With these sheets, students can learn and practice their handwriting skills — from beginning printed through connected cursive.
- You can personalize your worksheets with your student’s name, homeschool name, etc.
- You can combine lessons and design new teaching materials to complement your handwriting lessons (have a history lesson in the same font), adding to the cohesiveness of all your lessons.
- I imagine integrating fonts into other lessons helps a young child make the connection between writing and reading (I don’t have proof of this—but it certainly makes sense to me).
- You can make the fonts any size and any color—so you can have fun with them! Because of this, Schoolhouse Fonts aren’t just for young kids. You’ll want to use the fonts as well.
The Schoolhouse Fonts supplement the two most popular methods used to teach handwriting in the U.S today: Zaner-Bloser®* and D’Nealian®**. Each of the two font families includes up to 22 different variations, using arrows, dot and lines, cursive and connected cursive. I think the connection ability is pretty cool!
For free demos click here.
For a video on creating handwriting worksheets click here.
Here are some basic guidelines for creating and using handwriting worksheets for children (taken from the Schoolhouse Fonts website) —
- Practice every day: daily sessions from 10-15 minutes in length are optimum (longer sessions can cause fatigue).
- Shape, then size, then slant: when students are first learning to write, they should master correct letter shapes first, then master correct letter size, then master correct letter slant.
- Use 60-72 point font size: children write at larger sizes when first learning; larger font sizes on the paper are easier for them to trace and copy.
- Words on top, lines below: placing blank lines below practice words works better for left-handed children, and also works for right-handed children.
Schoolhouse Fonts, a fun addition to your homeschool program!
*Charles Zaner and Elmer Bloser founded the Zaner-Bloser® Company. In 1904, they published the Zaner Method of Arm Movement, developed especially for elementary-aged children. The upright style of the printed letters helps children learn to read and write more quickly, since that style matches most children’s books.
**A newer method of teaching penmanship was developed in the mid-1970’s by Donald Neal Thurber, and introduced in 1978 as D’Nealian Handwriting. It uses slanted letters to teach printing, in order for children to transition more easily to cursive writing. If your child is dyslexic, you might want to consider this method.