Beginning Manuscript Handwriting Lessons with Arrows

About Large Letters

the printableThe manuscript handwriting printable lessons offered here have arrows and each letter is presented in both capital and lower case on the same printable. The letters and numbers are large and the page is printed horizontally.

Go directly to the lesson sets using the links below or scroll down for more information about the handwriting sets and teaching suggestions.

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 Suggestion

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 below.

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.

printable filesHandwriting Lessons - Set One

pdfThe lessons are PDF
"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.

Blank Paper

printable filesHandwriting Lessons - Set Two

the printable

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.

Set Three

Set Three is the practice set. The letters have no arrows 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.

Oo R means uppercase letter "O" is round rather than oval.
Tt H means the lowercase letter "t" has a hook.

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-Pagepdf fileHandwriting Planner | Matching Ruled Paper
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

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