Donna Young's Cursive D Handwriting Lessons

The cursive handwriting worksheets on this web page use a handwriting style that is most like D'Nealian, however there are some Zaner-Bloser elements in some of the worksheets. The Cursive Z web page contains worksheets that are very much like Zaner-Bloser. There are minor differences in these two styles of handwriting. D'Nealian is very plain and not very slanted. Zaner-Bloser is more ornate and has a 52 degree slant.

The oddities and quirks of handwriting are allowed and practiced in these lessons. The student will learn to join letters by varying the way the letters are drawn. Many of the capital letters will be practiced joined and un-joined. Sometimes the way the capital letter is drawn will be modified to join with the next letter. Lower case e and o are to be practiced in all of their variations. Several other letter modifications are practiced as well.

ever we goose
The high-joined e and the low e
An e joined high
o's  Loopy and non-loopy
on os the
n joined high
o looped to join with s
Capital t joining with h and h is shortened.

print settingFit To Paper

fit to pageForgive me for being lazy, but I did not want to rework all of the printables on this web page. Before placing them online, I test printed a couple of the files and noticed that the bottom tip of a letter that drops under the last line might not print. I recommend using the "Fit To Paper" setting that should appear on the print window in Page Handling . Below is an image of how my print window looks. Yours may look different, however, the fit to paper setting should be on there somewhere.

The Lessons Have Two Formats Pictured Here

"Mostly Letter Practice" Group

cursive handwriting practice lesson
The "Mostly Letter Practice" group presents letters singly, then joined, and finally a blank line for practice.

The Rest of the Lessons

cursive handwriting practice lesson
The rest of the lessons vary, but generally have a line of tracing and an empty line for practice.

printable files at donnayoung.orgThe Printable Handwriting Lessons

  1. Some of the words will have animations for the student to watch.
  2. Each print-out has 4 lessons.
Mostly Letter Practice
The + indicates this sheet has word practice
Mostly Word Practice
A few of these will have cursive animations that accompany the words or letters.
e, l, b, d 
a, g, c, q 
f, h, k, p 
j, i, t, + 
m, n, o, + 
r, s, + 
u, v, y, +
x, w, z, + 

Capital Letters:

  1. A, O, E, I 
  2. J, M, S, T, F
  3. M, N, R, X
  4. Q, G, L, K
  5. Y, W, V, U
  6. Some of the sheets to the right have the rest of the capital letters.

Two Letter Combinations:

  1. fo Lots of o combinations and lots of practice with f.
    Animation: of
  2. High-Low This practice sheet concentrates on some of the troublesome combinations and demonstrates possible ways to combine the letters.
    Animation: ever
running and other ing words
1. running, walking
2. hopping, rolling
3. swimming
4. going, trotting 


Senses words and some capital letter practice: S; T; C; H
Animations for this handout:
1. S, s, see, Senses
2. T, Touch, taste, note that this capital t is a little different from the capital t that is taught in the capital letters worksheets.
3. C, Chew, smell
4. H, Hear, he


Animal Capital letter practice P, F, Z. Practice combining r with high letters (or) and (br)
Animations: Fish
1. pets, P, Parrot
2. F, Fish, feline
3. dog, horse
4. zebra, Z, Zoo


Fastener Words These words are used in this worksheet: zipper, button, bows, ribbons, scarf, necktie, snaps... Practice combining ws and bb.


Nature Words These words are used in this worksheet: grass, trees, dirt, clouds, air, sand, outside, nature...  i and t practice.

Dinner Words
Animations for this handout:
chew | drink
1. eat, drink
2. chew, taste
3. swallow
4. dinner, supper 


Clothes words with some capital letter practice: D joined and un-joined; B joined and un-joined.
Also practice combining o to a high letter (oc) and a low letter (oe)
Animations: shoes
1. D, Dr, Dress
2. B, Blouse
3. socks, shoes
4. clothes, shirt


Theater Words The following words are using in this worksheet: popcorn, soda, candy, seats, screen, dark, film, loud


Penmanship Words The following words are used in this worksheet: quill, pencil, marker, chalk, ink, write, draw, paint
Animation: chalk


Fruit Words This worksheet uses the words: apple, orange, banana, pear, peach, kiwi, grape, fruit.

Sentence Practice
For further sentence practice I suggest printing blank lesson sheets and assigning copy work.

Blank Paper: One Lesson per Sheet | Two lessons per Sheet | 4 Lessons per Sheet

Sentences 1 
Contains the following words:
apple, fruit, pear, peach, autumn, winter, summer.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
We had peach pie for dessert.
We swim during the summer.
combining wi, umn, and umm, or
capitals: a and w
Sentences 2 
Just some basic sentences to trace and then write on the line underneath. Contains an assortment of practice with some of the hard combinations.

Sentences 3 
More basic sentences to trace and then write on the line underneath.

All of the handwriting sheets on this page were carefully made with Paint Shop Pro. School teachers and parents may use these sheets for their students/children. These sheets may not be copied for resell or added to any collection for redistribution of any kind without the permission from Donna Young.

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