There is no standardized font style or teaching route stipulated in the National Curriculums for schools in the UK, only that it needs to be a consistent approach throughout the school. So it is really important that you know which font and teaching route your child’s school is using.
There are a 4 teaching routes a school can choose from when teaching lower-case letters:
- Print, then Cursive; finally introduce Continuous Cursive to join the cursive letters.
- Print, then Continuous Cursive.
- Cursive and then Continuous Cursive to join the cursive letters.
- Continuous Cursive.
All the above are good teaching routes, the only difference is how many font styles a child has to learn and how long it takes before they learn how to join their letters.
The Difference between Print, Cursive and Continuous Cursive Handwriting Fonts
- The letters have different start points.
- There are a number of different letter finish points.
Cursive or Continuous Cursive?
Be aware, some schools will say they are teaching Cursive when in fact they are teaching Continuous Cursive.
They are in fact 2 different handwriting fonts.
- The letters start at different points (the same as print).
- The finishing points for all the letters is the writing line; except for, o, r, v and w, which have a top exit stroke.
- The single letter formations are taught with just the exit strokes.
- The starting point for all the letters is the same; on the writing line.
- The finishing points for all the letters is also at the writing line; except for, o, r, v and w, which have a top exit stroke.
- The single letter formations are taught with the entry and exit strokes, this makes the transition from single letter formation to joined handwriting very straightforward and allows it to occur sooner.
Check out our Letter Formation section of the website for more information, free animations and worksheets: http://bit.ly/2F9P7cI