Printing and Modern Cursive Handwriting

We have handwriting as part of our weekly activities in class. The style of handwriting the Ministry of Education recommends in its Teaching Handwriting handbook which develops from printing to the modern cursive handwriting style.

This term we are going to focus on printing to make sure we are forming all letters correctly.


Information about the handwriting curriculum and cursive writing is below.

The uppercase (capital) basic cursive script letters are the same as the basic printing uppercase (capital) letters and so don’t link to the lowercase letters. An example is below:


The difference between the basic script alphabet and cursive alphabet are in the letters f and x and in the exits of a, d, h, i, k, 1, in, n, o, r, t, u, v, and w. (Exit refers to the stroke that forms the beginning of the link to the following letter.)



Some useful resources for practising modern cursive handwriting:

A useful website with worksheets for practise with the  for the modern cursive handwriting style is Ted Power.

A fun app for beginners to practise the modern cursive unlinked letter formations is Australian Touch and Write: Victorian Cursive app.

A useful document with great suggestions on proper grip, posture and handwriting instruction is the Handwriting South Australian Modern Cursive Handbook.

We will be looking at our grip when holding a pencil and the best position of our paper when writing in a cursive script. See the images below for examples of what we will be learning.



We will be moving from the Year 3 printing style to cursive. The difference can be seen below:


Year 4