How to Learn the Cursive Alphabet

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Although learning the cursive alphabet can seem overwhelming at first, there's really nothing to it. Just as all of the printed alphabet letters were new to you at one time, so too are the cursive letters. You learned all of the printed letters and there's no reason you can't learn cursive as well. By taking the letters one at a time and relating them to their corresponding printed alphabet letters, you'll soon be able to read and write in cursive without even thinking about it.

  • Cursive alphabet chart
  • Printed alphabet chart
  • Cursive flashcards
  • Writing workbook or worksheets

1 Obtain and study a chart

Obtain and study a chart that compares the cursive letters, both upper and lowercase, with their corresponding printed letters. You can easily find one of these charts online, or in many English language and penmanship books.

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2 Use flashcards

Use flashcards to learn the cursive alphabet. Study the cards independently as long as you need to until you feel comfortable recognizing letters by shape.

3 Ask someone

Ask someone to quiz you by holding up a card and having you name the letter on the front. Working with the cards repeatedly will help you learn the cursive alphabet on sight, and will help you keep the letters in your permanent memory.

4 Use cursive writing worksheets

Use cursive writing worksheets that show the proper strokes for each letter to help you practice. As you form each letter, repeat the letter's name aloud to yourself to reinforce memorization.

5 Practice reading cursive

Practice reading cursive. Even when you're not sure of every letter, oftentimes you'll be able to figure out the word from the letters you do know. The more you read cursive writing, the more easily you'll be able to identify each letter.

  • Many cursive writing worksheets, flashcards, and guides are available for free online. Additionally, many libraries have penmanship and cursive writing books that you can borrow.

Amie Taylor has been a writer since 2000. Book reviews, gardening and outdoor lawn equipment repair articles and short fiction account for a handful of her published works. Taylor gained her gardening and outdoor equipment repair experience from working in the landscaping and lawn-care business she and her husband own and operate.