DN Style Handwriting Practice

This style resembles D'nealian.

From wikipedia: D'Nealian is a style of writing and teaching cursive and print (block) handwriting for English. It is a derivative of the Palmer Method and was designed to ease the learning of cursive and print handwriting. D'Nealian was developed by Donald Thurber, who developed the system while teaching in a primary school, and was first introduced in 1978. The name of the script comes from Donald's first name contracted with his middle name ("Neal").

The Basic Layout of the Printable Lessons

handwriting worksheets - DN style

Two Sets: Set One has a 1/2 inch rule height. Set Two has a 3/8 inch rule height.

Layout: There are two lessons on each printable worksheet. Each lesson in Set One, the 1/2 inch rule height set, involves both tracing and writing using a starting dot for each letter. Set Two, the 3/8 inch height rule set does not have a starting dot for the "write-your-own" parts of the lessons.

On this Page: Set One | Set Two | Blank Lesson Paper
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Set One - 1/2 inch rule height

The first set has a rule height is approximately 1/2 of an inch tall. There are three parts in this set. Letter practice, number practice, and dolch word practice.

Dolch Words used in Set 1
am, an, as, at, be, by, do, go, he, if, in, is, it, me, my, no, of, on, or, so, to, up, us, we, all, and, any, are, ask, ate, big, but, buy, can, cut, did, eat, fly, for, get, got, had, has, her, him, his, hot, how, its, let, may, new, not, now, off, old, one, our, out, own, put, ran, red, run, saw, say, see, she, six, ten, the, too, try, two, use, was, who, why, yes, you, away, been, blue, both, call, came, cold, come, does, done, down, draw, fall, find, five, four, from, full, gave, give, goes, good, grow, have, help, here, hold, hurt, into, jump, just, keep, kind, know, like, live, long, look, made, make, many, much, must, once, only, open, over, pick, play, pull, read, ride, said, show, sing, some, soon, stop, take, tell, that, them, then, they, this, upon, very, walk, want, warm, wash, well, went, were, what, when, will, wish, with

Letter Practiceletter

Each file has two lessons -
The top part is uppercase letter practice and the bottom part is lowercase letter practice.

Aa | Bb | Cc | Dd | Ee | Ff | Gg | Hh | Ii | Jj | Kk | Ll | Mm | Nn | Oo | Pp | Qq | Rr | Ss | Tt | Uu | Vv | Ww | Xx | Yy | Zz

Number Practiceletter

1, 2
3, 4
5, 6
7, 8
9, 10

Dolch Words Practice

Dolch Words up to Four Characters


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Set Two - 3/8 inch rule height

Set Two practices writing words that are grouped by sound. Each lesson features seven words or, sometimes, 6 words and one sentence. Each pages has two lessons.

Short a #1 am, an, as, at, ax, rat, A rat sat on that hat., sat, cat, fat, bat, mat, pat, A cat sat on a mat.
Short a #2 bad, mad, pad, sad, gad, lad, tad, sap, gap, bag, gag, hag, lag, tag
Short a #3 ban, can, fan, pan, ran, tan, van, cap, map, nap, rap, jam, ham, Pam
Short e #1 bed, led, red, wed, beg, fed, Ed, Ted, hen, den, Ken, men, pen, ten, Ten hen were in a pen.
Short e #2 jet, let, met, net, pet, set, yet, fell, bell, sell, nest, zest, test, The bell fell. Test the bell.
Short e #3 pest, rest, jest, best, lest, west, zest, tent, rent, sent, went, felt, pelt, melt
Short i #1 if, it, is, bit, hit, sit, It is a hit! Please sit., rid, lid, sip, tip, nip, lip, The lid is bent.
Short i #2 him, rim, fix, six, din, pin, tin, dig, fig, big, pig, jig, rig, The big rig is hauling figs.
Short o #1 on, ox, got, cot, jot, lot, The ox left the lot., job, nod, pod, rod, log, hog, dog
Short o #2 box, fox, hop, mop, sop, pop, top, dot, jot, lot, pot, rot, not, This is not a lot.
Short u #1 up, us, cub, hub, rub, bud, mud, dug, mug, tug, jug, bug, sum, drum
Short u #2 bun, run, sun, rut, hung, rung, sung, bulk, hulk, gush, rush, dust, must, rust

Printable Handwriting Paper that Coordinates with The DN Handwriting Lessons  

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1/2 Inch Rule

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