Printing and Cursive Handwriting
1. Use a pen or sharp pencil.
2. Press hard enough so that your work can easily be read.
3. Form your letters carefully. (Do not leave an open space at the top of ‘a’ or ‘o’; cross a ‘t’ horizontally rather than diagonally.)
4. Make your letters the correct size in relation to each other. (An ‘a’ and an ‘e’ are the same height; ‘h’ and ‘t’ are taller; ‘p’ and ‘y’ go below the line.)
5. Make your letters stand up on their own without leaning on others.
6. Make your words stand on their own without running into each other.
7. Keep a consistent slant. (It does not matter if you slant forwards, backwards or upright. Just be consistent.)
8. Touch the lines. (Do not let the letters float above the lines or sink below.)
9 Write with elegance and style. (You can use joined printing or your own style of letters as long as they are easy for others to read.)
Practise by copying some inspiring quotations:
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle
“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.” William Butler Yeats
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” Marcus Aurelius
“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.” Buddha
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