Beginning Manuscript Handwriting Lessons with Arrows

About Large Letters

If your student or child needs to practice writing in manuscript in very large letters, then this page is for you. The 93 printable manuscript handwriting lessons on this page feature the following points. Other features are listed with each set.

  • One letter per lesson presented in both uppercase and lowercase
  • Classic handwriting letter style
  • Large letters, see each set for letter size
  • Two lines of practice

the printableGo directly to the lesson sets using the links below or scroll down to read my Teaching Suggestions. Suggested schedules may be found at Suggested Teaching Schedules & Planner for Large Letters

Links to The Handwriting Lesson Sets

Set One
the printable
Rule approx. 1 3/4"
Set Two
the printable
Rule approx. 1 3/8"
Set Three
the printable
Rule approx. 1 3/8"

The rule is a little larger than 1 3/4 inches tall in the first set and a little larger than 1 3/8 of an inch in the second and third sets. See this chart to compare the rule sizes in the manuscript handwriting worksheets at donnayoung.org

Optional: Use these after using the Printing Readiness Handwriting Worksheets.

Options Regarding A, M, N

the letter aIn this set, you can choose to teach the A as a 3-stroke letter or choose the file Aa na for no arrows. You have the similar choice with M: a 2-stroke M or one with no arrows. The N can be draw in 1, 2, or 3 strokes, however; this set presents the N as a 2-stoke character. This matches the way the M is drawn in the Mm2 file. Of course you can "white-out" the arrows on the N and any other letter and teach your child the way that you think is best.

Teaching Suggestions

how to do lessonTo conduct the lesson, first draw the letter that you are going to teach on a white board or on paper. Demonstrate which direction to make the strokes. If your child enjoys writing on the white board, allow him to practice the letter a few times. After this introduction and if there is still time, hand your child a practice sheet. Your child can use markers, crayons, or a pencil to trace the letters. If you have a theme color, use a crayon or marker in that color or you could let your child choose which color to use.

If you want to introduce letters by the direction of a pencil stroke or shape see chart on the Suggested Schedules page.

Observe your child tracing the characters! This is THE time to teach character formation. If you hand the printable to your child and then walk away, you are giving opportunity to error. Stand by and watch your child draw the first and second character (at least).

You can opt to teach both capital and lower case on the same day or you can teach them on different days. Either way, try to keep the session between 7-15 minutes. Practice 4-5 days a week.

The lessons can be given as needed or use one of the schedules listed at Schedules for Beginning Manuscript Handwriting Lessons.

Handwriting Lessons - Set One - 35 Lessons

LARGE Letters Handwriting Lessons

The student should trace the letters and then write the letter at least once on the line.

  • Letter height is a little taller than 1 3/4 inches
  • Set includes numbers
  • "na" indicates No Arrows
  • Oo R means uppercase letter "O" is round rather than oval.
  • Tt H means the lowercase letter "t" has a hook.

Handwriting Lessons - Set Two - 30 Lessons

Beginners Very Large Letters Manuscript Handwriting, Set 2

The student should trace the letters and then write the letter at least once on the line.

Points about Set Two

  • The first 2 or 3 letters will have guidance arrows
  • The rule height in this set is around 1 3/8 inch tall.
  • "na" indicates No Arrows
  • Oo R means uppercase letter "O" is round rather than oval.
  • Tt H means the lowercase letter "t" has a hook
  • In the left margin each lesson features a word that is spelled with pictures as well as letters
  • The right margin will have the featured letter in a much smaller size in case the child wants to practice writing smaller.

Blank Paper

Blank Paper with Alphabet

Set Three, 28 Lessons

Beginner Very Large Letters Manuscript Set 3

The student should trace the first letter and then writing the letter on the line as many times as will fit.

Set Three is the practice set. The letters have no asrrows and except for the small letters on the sides and there are no repeating letters. The rule height in this set is around 7/8 of an inch tall.

  • The rule height in this set is around 1 3/8 inch tall.
  • Shorter letters for small letter practice are provided in the left and right margins
  • Oo R means uppercase letter "O" is round rather than oval.
  • Tt H means the lowercase letter "t" has a hook.
  • The 28 lessons are linked below.

Related to the Files on this Page

See Suggested Teaching Schedules at Schedules for Beginning Manuscript Handwriting Lessons
Go here if you want to introduce letters by shape or stroke

Handwriting Lesson Planner

Handwriting Lesson Planner at donnayoung.org

The optional 4-Page Handwriting Planner


This planner features:

  1. Table of letters to keep track of how often a letter is part of the lesson
  2. Six 6-week planning tables for 36 weeks of plans
  3. A ruled background for comments and goals
  4. An illustration of letters sorted by shape and stroke

What's Next?

After completing one or all of the sets on this page, and if the student did well, you may move on to the Words set if you want to continue with LARGE letter handwriting lessons. If your student needs more work in forming letters, try the Targeted set. If you want handwriting lessons in a smaller letter size, visit the handwriting chart page; it lists my manuscript handwriting sets by size, however; it might not be up-to-date.

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